. black capped lory
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- Scientific Name: Lorius lory
- Common Name/s:
BLACK CAPPED LORY.
- Sub Species in country / area of origin:
Yes, probably 6. 3 available in Australia including L. l. lory
and L. l. erythrothorax. The L. l. erythrothorax sub-species
is often referred to as the
RED BREASTED LORY.
- Origin / Distribution: West
Irian, New Guinea
and nearby islands.
- Habitat In Wild: Lowland
forests and surrounding secondary vegetation. Generally avoids
gardens and farmlands.
- Status In Wild: Common in
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: 3 - 4 years
- Lifespan (estimate): approx.
- Sexing: Monomorphic
/ Dimorphic. DNA or surgical
sexing is usually required.
- Mutations: ?
- Availability: Rare
- Temperament: In the wild
these birds are usually shy and try to avoid people.
The Black capped lory can be aggressive birds and need to be housed as one pair per aviary/cage.
Colony breeding is generally unsuccessful due to aggression between
birds. No other species should be housed with these birds.
They are active and sometimes noisy birds that like branches to chew along
with other activity items to keep them active and entertained.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $5000
- Description Of Adults: L. l.
- Length: Approx. 300 - 310 mm (or approx. 12 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 225 gms (or approx 8 ozs)
Black capped Lory = Lorius lory lory. Nominate
race and represent about half the "Black capped" lories in Australia.
Red breasted lory = Lorius lory erythrothorax. About the
same number as L. l. lory.
Salvadori Lory (or Meyer's Black capped Lory) = Lorius lory
salvadorii. Only a few of this sub-species are available in
"Inventory of Exotic (non-native) Bird Species, 2002" register only
refers to Loris lory, Black capped Lory.
Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced /
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Housing Requirements: Refer to "
Lorikeets & Lories " web page for general
details on the housing of Lorikeets & Lories or read on for specific
details for this parrot.
With their rarity in Australian
aviaries it would be best to give each pair a large aviary of their own.
Not to be housed with other birds due to their aggressive nature.
Each sub-species should be housed separately due to the possibility of
hybridization. There are hybrids in Australia so care must be
taken to ascertain exactly what is on offer prior to purchasing or
pairing up each bird. The 3 pure lines plus hybrids can cause
selection problems so get advise and identification from the expert
breeders if any doubts exist.
A suspended cage is the preferred housing for these birds.
Overseas breeding is done in suspended cages of 3 metres in length, 1
metre wide and 1 metre high (10 x 3.5 x 3.5 feet).
Can be housed in a parrot style aviary of about 4 metres long, 1
metre wide and 2.1 metres high (12 x 3.5 x 7 feet). The floor should be concrete and
easily cleaned. The aviary flights need double wiring between the
flights to avoid aggression and injury to other birds. If space
allows the pairs should not be housed side by side. It is
preferable to have a different species between pairs.
These are active and sometimes noisy birds that like branches to
chew, along with other activity items to keep them active and
entertained. These birds love to play with the "play gym" toys
that are offered to the pet birds. Physical and mental activity
should be encouraged and this may be beneficial to a healthy breeding
All fixtures, fittings, floor, feed and water bowls must easy to
clean and done so on a regular basis. Don't forget to clean any
areas of the wire mesh, walls, perches etc that are contaminated by the
food mixes. A simple hosing with water may not be adequate, so be
prepared to use a brush to remove any dried on food.
These birds love to bathe in the water and as many birds leave some
wet or dry mix in the water bowl, the automatic water systems that flush
out the water bowl on a regular basis can be the best water system.
These systems do not replace the regular manual cleaning of the water
bowls. Stainless steel utensils are ideal.
Diet / Feeding: Refer to "
Lorikeets & Lories " web page for general
details on the feeding of Lorikeets & Lories or read on for specific
details for this parrot.
Natural foods in the wild include
flowers, nectar, pollen, fruits, insects and insect larvae.
The black capped lory requires a typical Lory diet. Wet
and dry lory mix plus fruits and vegetables. Some will consume some livefood
such as mealworms.
Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions
are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's
preferences and the birds preferences. Parent bird's preferences can
also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the
bird was hatched and reared. If space allows, offering a choice of
sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations
within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice.
Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in
it, offer that one to them each breeding season. Try and keep that one
for their exclusive use. Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box,
the other ones can generally be removed. If the "spare" boxes are to be
removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest-box is
cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites,
parasites and pathogens.
- Nesting months:
- Log / Nest-box:
/ depth 400 - 500 mm (or approx. 16 - 20 inches)
- Log internal
diameter approx. 200 mm. (or approx. 8
- Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 200
mm square (or approx. 8 inches square)
- Diameter of
hole approx. 75 mm (or approx. 3 inches)
- Inspection hole (square or round)
(or approx 4 inches)
- A removable top / lid can be a
useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
- Location and height
of log / nest-box ......
- Angle of log or nest box ...
- Nesting log / nest-box material:
Decomposed non-toxic saw dust, wood shavings or other suitable
- Who incubates the egg/s:
/ cock / both share.
R. Low recommends an inverted "L" shaped nestbox
for Lories and many parrots.
The black capped lory is generally tolerant of nest inspections
and this allows for the placement of closed leg rings on the young
birds. Nest may need regular cleaning due to the liquid nature of
Nest boxes are easy to clean, cheap
and easy to replace when they become soiled or damaged.
The nest box is left in the aviary or
suspended cage year round as Lories and lorikeets will roost in the nest during the
Timber nest-boxes generally require a
climbing structure attached inside the box below the entrance hole. Both
logs and nests need an entrance hole/opening about 100 mm (about 4 inches) from the top. The exact
size of the entrance hole depends on the size of the species. Many
species of parrots like the entrance hole to be just big enough to
squeeze through. An appropriate size entrance hole will help to give the
birds a feeling of security and confidence to effectively start and
raise a clutch of young.
More details on
parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of
parrot nestbox/log photos
can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos"
web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos" in
the navigation bars.
The Black capped Lory will roost in the
nest year round. Young non breeding birds will roost in the nest
Breeding: Egg Colour
White. Clutch/s per year 2 - 3. Eggs per
nest 2, occasionally 3. Incubation
approx. 26 days. Fledge approx. 10 - 14 weeks.
Independent approx. another 6 - 8 weeks.
Young are fed by the parents for about 2 weeks after they leave the
Pairs can be extremely aggressive at
The young can be leg rung at age of 16-18 days.
Artificial incubation and hand
rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site. It is
too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.
Health Issues: Refer to "Avian
Health Issues" web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control
and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are
considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on
this web site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing
at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.
References: Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.
- Australian Aviculture
- A/A Vol 56 No. 12 Dec 2002 Page 266-268 (Inc photo).
- Australian Birdkeeper
- ABK Vol 13 Issue 5. Oct-Nov 2000 Page 270-275
(Inc many photos).
- ABK Vol 4 Issue 7. Feb-Mar 1991 Page 318-320
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