Chattering lory

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Chattering lory
Lorius garrulus-20070107.jpg
At Jurong Bird Park
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Lorius
L. garrulus
Binomial name
Lorius garrulus

Psittacus garrulus Linnaeus, 1758

The chattering lory (Lorius garrulus) is a forest-dwelling parrot endemic to North Maluku, Indonesia. It is considered vulnerable, the main threat being from trapping for the cage-bird trade.

The race L. g. flavopalliatus is known as the yellow-backed lory.


The species Lorius garrulus contains three subspecies:[2]

  • L. g. flavopalliatus Salvadori 1877: Yellow-backed lory, found on Kasiruta, Bacan, Obi and Mandiole Islands
  • L. g. garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758): nominate, found on Halmahera, Widi and Ternate Islands
  • L. g. morotaianus (van Bemmel, 1940): found on Morotai and Rau Islands


The chattering lory is 30 cm (12 in) long. It is mostly red with an all-red head and an orange beak. The eyerings are grey and the irises are orange-red. The wings are mainly green and the angle of the wing is yellow. Its thighs are green. The tail is tipped with dark green. It has dark grey legs. It may or may not have a yellow area on its back depending on the subspecies.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lorius garrulus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.022)". 28 March 2009.
  3. ^ Forshaw (2006). plate 17.

Cited texts

External links

  • BirdLife species factsheet for Lorius garrulus
  • Oriental Bird Images: Chattering Lory - Selected photos
  • "Lorius garrulus". Avibase.
  • "Chattering lory media". Internet Bird Collection.
  • Chattering lory photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
  • Interactive range map of Lorius garrulus at IUCN Red List maps
  • Audio recordings of Chattering lory on Xeno-canto.

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