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Chalcopsitta atra insignis

Common Name: Rajah Black Lory

Range: W New Guinea (e Vogelkop and Onin Pen.) & Amberpon I.

Chalcopsitta atra insignis
Rajah Black Lory
  • as atra, but with red to forehead, foreward cheeks, bend of wing, under wing-coverts and thighs; red tinge to breast, flanks and vent; greyish-blue streaking to head; lower back dull blue; under tail-coverts greyish-blue
  • Length, 31cm
  • Status: fairly common
  • eastern parts of Vogelkop Peninsular, West Irian, New Guinea, Onin and Bomberai Peninsulars as well as island of Amberpon
  • Habitat: forest edges, open woodland and savannah with trees and coconut palms; open grassland with scattered eucalyptus groves; occasionally forages in coastal plantations
Social Behavior
  • nomadic outside breeding season in large flocks, occasionally associates with mynahs; forages mostly in tops of flowering trees and coconut palms; flight straight and fairly slow with rapid, shallow wingbeats; call shrill, high screech not so loud as other lories
  • inside area 2x1x2m with adjoining outside flight 3x1x2m; minimum temperature 10 degrees C; provide roosting box from beginning
  • not very noisy parrot with especially lively and inquisitive nature; initially shy; occasionally aggressive to other birds; susceptible during acclimatization, but afterwards hardy; enjoys bathing; can be sprayed in outside flight; tendency to pronounced claw growth, therefore provide thick, rough perches 
  • Breeding Behavior: exact breeding season unknown; probably September to February; egg measures 31.0x25.7mm
  • Breeding in Aviculture: seldom achieved; breeding begins mainly in March; clutch usually two eggs; incubation 25 days; fledging period 12 weeks; mostly only one young reared; nestbox 40x20x30cm; isolate pairs for breeding as parents can be very aggressive 
  • lory nectar of fruit, pollen, brewer's yeast, rice flakes, multigrain flakes, dextrose and low fat yogurt; rusk or biscuit softened in nectar; various fruit and carrot; fresh branches with flowers and buds; eggfood with added dextrose and calcium; sprinkle nectar with vitamin and mineral supplements