Purple-naped Lory
Lorius domicella

Purple-naped Lory

The Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella) has a length of 28 cm.. and an approximate weight of 235 g..

Lori damsel drawing

The forecrown, crown and nape black, with variable stains purple in the part back from the top. The cheeks, lores and ear-coverts red. Upperparts red, darker in the center of the the mantle. Upper wing Green with white and purple patch in the shoulder. Color bronze in all the upper inner coverts, the most marked inside opaque red. the flight feather Blackish with area central in the interior of color yellow. Underwing-coverts Violet Blue impregnated white. Underwing coverts black; blue purple in them axillary. Parts low Red with band yellow, variable at the top of the chest; Violet Blue the the thighs, slightly impregnated in green. Tail red, reddish brown tipped. Bill orange; irises reddish brown; dark grey the legs.

Males and females are equal.
Immature with yellow stripe in the chest more extensive and more diffuse. Bill Brown in very young birds.

There is no geographic variation

  • Sound of the Purple-naped Lory.
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In Seram the Purple-naped Lory found in montane and submontane forests, both primary and secondary, a altitude between 400 and 1.050 m; also in the jungle in the this of the island and in the areas cultivated. They move in pairs, rarely in groups and can be territorial. Ecology of reproduction of the species in the wild is unknown. Forshaw gives details of an instance of breeding poultry in which were placed two eggs, hatching around the 25 days; the young are independent only three months more afternoon.

A group birding in Ambon


The reproduction of the species in the wild is unknown. Details of poultry breeding set forth a two-egg-laying, incubation in a few 25 days, and the young three months after independence.


Feed on fruits of Pandanus scattered.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 6.300 km2

Endemic of the Seram Islands and Ambon (has also been seen in Buru: probably an escaped bird), in Indonesia. There are no recent records of Ambon or Buru. The current records come from the Manusela National Park (uncommon) and the center of Seram and WAE Fufa (locally common).

In 1987 Bowler and Taylor they found a rate of 0,7 birds per hour in Kineke, in the Manusela National Park; But during nearly two months of observations in 1990, they only saw 10 individuals.

The species is a bird people of cage in Seram and throughout the province of Maluku and the expansion of foreign trade could pose a threat to their survival.

The population worldwide is estimated at less than 20.000 individuals in 1991, But today, the population, is considered on the rise. VULNERABLE.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Danger.

• Population trend: Decreasing.

This species has been uploaded category to In danger Since its population It is suspected that It has fallen below 2.500 individuals mature, with more than 250 in any subpopulation mature individuals.

Capture unsustainable for local and national trade, as well as the loss of forests due to logging, the extraction of oil and hydroelectric power combinations.

These facts, It is suspected, they are causing an downhill fast and constant in the species.

Lori Damsel in captivity:

Very rare.

Alternative names:

Purple-naped Lory, Purple naped Lory (English).
Lori des dames (French).
Erzlori (German).
Loris-de-nuca-roxa (Portuguese).
Lori Damisela, Lori Domicela (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Lorius
Scientific name: Lorius domicella
Citation: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Protonimo: Psittacus Domicella

Purple-naped Lory images:


Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


1 – Zoológico de Praga: Púrpura-naped Lory – animalphotos
2 – “Lorius domicella-Artis Zoo-Netherlands-8a” by Arjan Haverkamp – originally posted to Flickr as Img_4196e. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
3 – “Lorius domicella-Banda Islands-Indonesia-upper body-8” by Henri – originally posted to Flickr as Lorry = groenstaartlori. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
4 – Birds-pet-wallpapers – link
5 – “Lorius domicella-Jurong Bird Park, Singapore-8a-toc” by Lorius_domicella_-Jurong_Bird_Park,_Singapore-8a.jpg: kwang chongderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) – originally posted to Picasa Web Albums as Picasa Web Albums and uploaded to Commons as Lorius_domicella_-Jurong_Bird_Park,_Singapore-8a.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
6 – Illustrations ©2010 by Frank Knight

Sounds: George Wagner (Xeno-canto)

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