Monday, 30 December 2013

Black-capped lory

Lorius lory

Photo by Doug Janson (Wikipedia)

Common name:
black-capped lory (en); lóri-tricolor (pt); lori tricolore (fr); lori tricolor (es); frauenlori (de)

Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae

This species is endemic to New Guinea, including several offshore islands.

These birds are 31 cm long and weigh 200-260 g.

The black-capped lory is found in rainforests, dry tropical forests, including forests edges and nearby second growths. Also in swamps and swamp forests. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 1.000 m.

They feed on fruits, flower, nectar, pollen and sometimes also insects.

The black-capped lory breeds in May-October. They nest in tree hollows, where the female lays 1-2 white eggs. The eggs are incubated for 24-25 days and the chicks fledge 9-10 weeks after hatching.

IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is reported to be generally common but not abundant throughout its range. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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