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Lorius domicella

Common Name: Purple-naped Lory

Range: S Moluccas (Seram and Ambon)

Lorius domicella
Description
  • red; forehead, lores, crown and nape black with adjoining violet-blue area; upper breast with variable yellow band; thighs violet-blue; wings green; bend of wing light blue-whitish; under wing-coverts blue; broad yellow band to underside of flight feathers; tail red with brownish-red tips; cere dark grey; periophthalmic ring grey; iris reddish-brown to orange-red; feet grey; bill orange-red.
  • Female as male.
  • Immatures with black patch on blue under tail-coverts; yellow band not yet apparent; adult plumage attained after one year; bill black; iris dark.
  • Length: 28 cm
  • Status: very endangered; under pressure in recent years because of trapping for trade and habitat loss.
Location
  • Ceram and Ambon, Indonesia; introduced to Buru; possibly already extinct on Ambon.
  • Habitat: primary montane forest to near settlements; gardens on edge of forest.
Aviculture
  • noisy, active and playful lory; inquisitive; soon becomes confiding; should only be kept in pairs; sensitive to cold conditions during acclimatization; should then be kept at no less than 20°C.
  • Breeding behavior: unknown; egg measures 32.0 x 25.5 mm.
  • Breeding in aviculture: often achieved; although less often in recent years; isolate pairs for breeding as extremely aggressive; normal clutch 2 eggs; incubation 26 days; fledging period 95 days; young fed for further two weeks, but should remain with adults for 6 to 8 weeks; clean nestbox regularly because of thin droppings; extremely aggressive during breeding; nestbox inspection often very difficult as birds will attack keeper; breeding program for conservation of species very necessary.
Social Behavior
  • nomadic singly or in pairs; often kept as pets by local people.
Accomodation
  • aviary 4 x 1 x 2 m; minimum temperature 10°C; diagonal nestbox 40 x 20 x 30 cm.
Diet
  • lory feed of fruits, pollen, brewer's yeast, rice flakes, multi-grain flakes, dextrose and low fat yoghurt; softened rusk or biscuit; plenty of fruit, all types possible particularly apple and grape; fresh branches with buds and flowers for chewing; proprietary lory food acceptable as supplement; small quantities of livefood (mealworms); eggfood with added dextrose, calcium and hard-boiled egg.
  • Natural diet: unknown.