Cardinal lory

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Cardinal lory
Chalcopsitta cardinalis -Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, USA -upper body-8a.jpg
At Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay, USA
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Pseudeos
P. cardinalis
Binomial name
Pseudeos cardinalis
(Gray, 1849)

Chalcopsitta cardinalis

The cardinal lory (Pseudeos cardinalis, syn. Chalcopsitta cardinalis) is a species of parrot in the family Psittaculidae. The cardinal lory lives mainly in the mangrove and the lowland forests of the Solomon Islands, Bougainville Island and easternmost islands of the Bismarck Archipelago. It was previously found in the genus Chalcopsitta.

Because it is of the Syzygium species it prefers fruit-bearing trees that have red blossoms.[citation needed]


At Loro Parque, Spain

The cardinal lory is 31 cm (12 in) long. All plumage is red. The beak is orange with black at its base. The bare skin at base of beak and around eyes is black, and the irises are orange-red. Its legs are grey. The male and female are identical in external appearance. The beaks of the juveniles are dull orange with more prominent black areas than the adults, pale grey eye-rings, and yellow irises.[2]


In 1989, the Solomon Islands permitted a few cardinal lories to be exported to the United States. However, because of the Wild Bird Conservation Act in 1992, the exportation of cardinal lories from the Solomon Islands to the US was banned except for approved breeding.[citation needed]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Chalcopsitta cardinalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Forshaw (2006). plate 7.

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