Black Lory Facts and Photos

Information about the Bird Black Lory

The black lory is evaluated as Least Concern on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.The black lory (Chalcopsitta atra) also known as rajah lory or red-quilled lory is a medium-sized, blackish parrot with black bill, dark grey feet and long rounded tail. It has yellow and red under-tail. Both sexes are similar.

The black lory is 32cm (13in) long and has a black bill. Its plumage is mostly black with a blue rump. Red markings on face, thighs, and tail vary between the three subspecies. Males and females are similar in external appearance.
The species was given its formal name by the naturalist Giovanni Antonio Scopoli. Scopoli did not in fact examine any specimens, but used the informal description by the explorer Pierre Sonnerat published in his book Voyage la Nouvelle-Guine (1776). The determination was accurate enough for the name to be valid, so Scopoli is credited as the author of this taxon.
Three subspecies of the black lory are recognized:
Chalcopsitta atra (Scopoli, 1786)

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