Yellow-backed Chattering Lory






Yellow-backed Chattering Lory - Lorius Garrulus. At about 30cm, they are among the larger species of Lorry. There are three sub-specie, all very similar with variations in the size and intensity of the yellow splash of colour on the lower mantle. They are natives of the island of Morotai. The Yellow-backed as in the sub-species pictured have the most prominent and colourful yellow marking. Extremely garrulous (hyper active) as the taxa name suggests, these are very attractive, comical and active birds.


A suspended flight of about 3m x 900mm x 900mm high is ideal to give them room to fly and play. A standard vertical nest box, slightly larger than that for larger Lorikeets at about 20cm x 30cm x 40cm high, is fine. As with most Lorikeets/Lories, two eggs are the norm and incubation is about 26/28 days with breeding possible at any season of the year.


Feeding requirements are the same as for Lorikeets though as with our “squirters”, we do not feed them wet mix and it did not take long to transition them onto our h/made dry mix.


A great aviary specimen and they make excellent h/raised birds if a bit noisy at times so not that great for apartment dwelling. A bit on the costly side at about $2500/3000 for adult pairs and about $1000/1200 for young h/raised birds (2013) when available. Can be aggressive during breeding so pairs are best housed in individual flights.



Blue-breasted Black-capped Lory






Blue-breasted Black-capped Lory - Lorius Garrulus. At about 30cm, they are among the larger species of Lorry. There are three sub-specie, all very similar with variations in the size and intensity of the yellow splash of colour on the lower mantle. They are natives of the island of Morotai. The Yellow-backed as in the sub-species pictured have the most prominent and colourful yellow marking. Extremely garrulous (hyper active) as the taxa name suggests, these are very attractive, comical and active birds.


A suspended flight of about 3m x 900mm x 900mm high is ideal to give them room to fly and play. A standard vertical nest box, slightly larger than that for larger Lorikeets at about 20cm x 30cm x 40cm high, is fine. As with most Lorikeets/Lories, two eggs are the norm and incubation is about 26/28 days with breeding possible at any season of the year.


Feeding requirements are the same as for Lorikeets though as with our “squirters”, we do not feed them wet mix and it did not take long to transition them onto our h/made dry mix.


A great aviary specimen and they make excellent h/raised birds if a bit noisy at times so not that great for apartment dwelling. A bit on the costly side at about $2500/3000 for adult pairs and about $1000/1200 for young h/raised birds (2013) when available. Can be aggressive during breeding so pairs are best housed in individual flights.



Dusky Lory



















Dusky Lory - Pseudeos fuscata. The Dusky is about 25cm in length and there are two recognised Morphs. The Red Phase Dusky and the Yellow Phase Dusky. The Yellow Phase is generally a larger bird with the Yellow colour ranging from a light orange to a dullish yellow. The Red Phase ranges from a burnt orange to a mid red. They are the same sub-specie and interestingly a Red pair can throw a Yellow and vice versa though this is fairly rare. Generally the two colours will throw true to type.

They are native throughout West Irianjaya/New guinea up to about an elevation of 2400m.


As for the majority of Lories, very active and playful birds that are a very popular hand raised bird. A similar sized flight to the Chats is ideal for these birds. A standard large Lorikeet nest box is what we use and the Duskies breed quite happily in them. The (generally) two eggs are incubated for about 26 days and the young fledge at about 8/10 weeks. Feeding requirements are as for other Lorries. Not as noisy as the Chats or Black-capped but noisy just the same. Readily available they are attractively priced at $650/750 for h/raised young and about $1500 for adult Red Phase pairs. The yellows are generally not as available and cost an average of $250:00 per bird more.