Chattering lory

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Chattering lory
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At Jurong Bird Park
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Lorius
Species: L. garrulus
Binomial name
Lorius 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 lorikeet.


The species Lorius garrulus contains three subspecies:[2]

  • Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus Salvadori 1877 - Yellow-backed lory
  • Lorius garrulus garrulus (Linnaeus) 1758
  • Lorius garrulus morotaianus (Bemmel) 1940


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]


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