Black-Capped Lory

Black-Capped Lory 
Scientific Name: Lorius lory lory
Origin: Western New Guinea
Average Lifespan: Up to 30 years
Size:  12 inches
Color: Mainly green, blue and red
Sounds: Whistler
Interaction: Social

black-capped lory

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Physical Characteristics Black-Capped Lory

This medium-sized bird could grow in length up to 12 inches and weigh as much as 9 ounces. The main color of the body feather is blue and red while the head or the cap is black (where its name is derived). The face, including cheeks down to the neck and the part of the main body covered by the wings are all red. The nape is blue and the side of the neck down to the breast and the abdomen. (The colorization varies as some species are dominantly red while some are dominantly blue). The wings are green and the color of the beak is black.

The juvenile birds of this specie can be identified by the color of their upper breast as the young ones have darker blue color. Young birds’ eye rings and cere are pale grey. Their bill and eyes are brown.

Personality and Temperament

Compared to other species, the Black-capped lory can be considered as one of the noisiest type. But just like other lories, they are also affectionate, explorers, curious, animated, and very playful yet they are calmer and easy going as pets. They are fond of human companionship and they are also smart and easy to learn things. They can learn to talk and mimic few words too especially the male ones.

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Owners of this bird specie could attest that this bird likes handling and are very loyal companion. They can easily get along with other bird species too. Pet owners who are looking for active and intelligent birds will be delighted to own this bird breed. You just need to offer them with safe bird toys and lots of enriching activities to keep them with a healthy well-being.

They also love physical contact and be held by their humans. So to those who are looking for birds who love to be cuddled, the Black-capped lory is one of the best bird species you can go for. Just make sure to learn the proper ways of handling a bird so that injuries and accidents could be avoided.

Newly acquired young birds as pets may tend to nip or use their beak as form of defense, but this kind of behavior will change over time and when they begin to create a trusting relationship with its handler. Young birds that are hand-reared are best trained in their early years as they tend to learn quicker and better.

Health and Care

Since these birds are very active even when they are in a cage, they must be housed in a large cage where they can do their daily exercise like flapping their wings, climbing, and moving to and fro. If they can be placed in an aviary, the better it is for them.

Their diet must consist of highly formulated parrot seed mix packed with nutritional values that these birds require for optimum health. You can offer them fresh apples, bananas, oranges, cactus fruits, and pears. For vegetables, carrots, celery, peas, beans, and some leafy greens can be offered occasionally. Canary seeds, millets, safflowers seeds and sprouted seeds are also highly recommended.

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As for their enrichment, you can provide them with fresh branches for chewing and beak exercise.  Branches of fir, willow, pine, or elder are the most recommended. Chewable non-toxic toys are good too. You may also provide a shallow bird pan with water where they can do their bath.

History and Background

The Black-capped lory originated from the Waigeu, Batanta, and the Western Papuan Island of Misool which are all situated in the Western New Guinea. They are mostly seen flocking together with other species and form a group of around 10 birds. During breeding season they separate from their group to build a family.

These birds are rare in aviculture that is why during breeding proper instructions and special effort may be required in order for them to breed successfully. The female bird can lay 2 eggs which are incubated for about 3 to 4 weeks.

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