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Chalcopsitta sintillata rubrifrons

Common Name: Orange-streaked Lory

Range: Aru Islands

Chalcopsitta sintillata rubrifrons
Description
  • Carmine-fronted Lory
  • as sintillata, but with broad orange streaking; larger
  • Length: 33 cm
  • Status: fairly common, numerous in localities
Location
  • Aru Islands
  • Habitat: forest, edges of forest, open woodland and savannah with trees to 800m; visits swamps and gallery forest
Social Behavior
  • in pairs or small flocks of up to 30 birds outside breeding season; mostly seen in early morning flying over forest; forages mostly in tops of flowering trees; occasionally associates with Rainbow Loy and Red-flanked Lorikeet; climbs agilely and quickly around branches when foraging; playful, quarrelsome and noise with each other; flight direct and fairly slow with rapid, shallow wingbeats; regular contact calls during flight and in trees; call shrill and penetrating 
Aviculture
  • noisy, very lively parrot, confiding and not shy; fairly unsusceptible after acclimatization; enjoys bathing; not especially hard chewer, but fresh fruit tree branches should nonetheless be provided; aggressive towards other birds 
  • Breeding behavior: breeding season from September to February; nests in dead palm trees, in one case at 24m height; egg measures 31.4x24.1mm
  • Breeding in Aviculture: often achieved; breeding begins mostly in March; normal clutch two eggs; incubation 26 days; eggs infertile fair often; fledging period 90 to 100 days; not all young reared; two breedings per year possible; nestbox 40x20x30cm or 25x25x35cm; if possible isolate pairs for breeding; nest lined with feathers; usually tolerant of nestbox inspection 
Accomodation
  • inside area 2x1x2m with adjoining outside flight at least 3x1x2m; minimum temperature 10 degrees C; provide roosting box from beginning; must be cleaned every two to three weeks
Diet
  • lory nectar of fruit, pollen brewer's yeast, rice and multigrain flakes; dextrose and low fat yogurt; softened rusk or biscuit; various fruit; fresh branches with flowers and buds; sprinkle nectar with vitamin and mineral supplements regularly over nectar; eggfood enriched with dextrose, calcium and hard-boiled egg
  • Natural diet: pollen, nectar and flowers, probably also insects