Scientific Name: Pseudeos fuscata
Origin: New Guinea
Average Lifespan: 30 years
Size: 10 inches
Color: Orange and Yellow
Sounds: Vocal communicator, screeching sounds
Interaction: Highly Social
Physical Charatereristics of Dusky Lory
Dusky Lory is a small sized bird that measures an average of 10 inches in length while weighing about 300 grams. One distinctive characteristic is its hooked beak, which is similar to parrot species. It displays two color phase – yellow and orange. Orange colored Dusky Lories have dark brown face with matching orange skin. This color phase is more commonly seen compared to the yellow colored ones which display orange body with yellow markings.
Orange colored Dusky Lories are able to produce yellow colored offspring. Both male and female are identical, so DNA testing is needed to properly determine the gender.
Personality and Temperament
Aside from its amazing color phase, Dusky Lory is a highly sought species due to its highly sociable nature. It is very active and loves to interact with people. Its social skills are considered as one of the best among Lory Breeds. In addition, it is also regarded as one, if not, of the most playful Lories. It can easily make acquatances even with small children.
Aside from being playful, another factor that makes it close to humans is its ability to talk. Not only that it can talk, it is actually very talkative. With proper training, it can easily mimic sounds made by objects and humans. In addition, it is also loved for its loyalty to its owner. It makes a good companion pet for both adults and children.
However, Dusky Lory’s excellent social skills come with a drawback – it can create screeching sounds that can sometimes be irritating. But with enough interaction and activities given, this wonderful bird will stay calm and easy to deal with.
Because it loves to play and be always on the move, Dusky Lory must be provided with toys specifically made for birds. When bored and neglected, it can develop behavior issues and may even inflict self-harm. Obviously, you must give enough time for interaction aside from toys that will make it busy and occupied.
In addition to toys, providing ropes where it can hang and hop around is recommended. You must also place it in a large cage where it can move freely. An added bonus is if you can provide an enclosure where it can comfortably fly around.
Health and Care
Dusky Lory’s primary diet includes nectar, seeds, pollens, fruits and vegetables. It is important that every domesticated Dusky Lory must be given regular supply of commercially made nectar, which is available in pet shops. Although nectar is very healthy, it can also be a cause of death when improperly maintained. One of the most common reasons of death within this species is consuming rotten or spoiled nectar. Nectar can easily rot most especially in extremely dry and hot environments. To avoid developing health issues such as diarrhea and infection, make sure to remove leftover nectar and replace it once or twice a day. In very dry locations, you must replace the nectar with a fresh batch every four hours. Another effective preventive measure is by giving just enough amount of nectar that your pet bird can consume.
In terms of proper grooming, Dusky Lory requires regular baths. If you are living in an extremely cold environment, make sure to use lukewarm or hot water when bathing. You must also make it quick and thorough. Be sure to use non-allergic cleaning agents because this specie has sensitive skin and feathers.
Another option besides bathing is by using clean towel damped in hot water as a wipe. This is highly advised for cold location to prevent the risks of cold, fever and flu.
History and Background
Sometimes called Banded Lories or “Duskies”, Dusky Lory is commonly found in New Guinea, where it naturally occurs. It loves to inhabit rainforests and even deforested locations as long as some blossoming trees are present.
Due to deforestation and other threats to its natural habits, Dusky Lory is considered an endangered species. Although living in this situation, this species continue to thrive especially in captivity.