Brown Lory
Chalcopsitta duivenbodei

Lori Pardo

31 cm.. length and a weight between 200 and 230 gr.

The bottom of the wings of the Brown Lory (Chalcopsitta duivenbodei) are bright yellow narcissus.

Two other features of their plumage that calls powerfully the attention are, seen head-on , the yellow that completely surrounds the bill and forecrown and also the contrast of color violet or blue deep in it low back, the thighs and feathers of the tail.

The feathers of the chest have pointed yellow, giving a scaly appearance to the area.

The bill is black, as the eye ring and the skin bare at the base of the bill. The irises are orange-red, the legs are grey.

There is no sexual dimorphism, females are identical to males.

The youth they have more muted colors, with less yellow.

To the Brown Lory may be mistaken for it is a very similar species, the Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata). This last, However, can be distinguished by their underparts predominantly orange or yellow, rump white, their bill Orange and its smaller size.

It is a bird of extraordinary beauty.

Subspecies description

  • Chalcopsitta Duivenbodei Syringanuchalis

    (Neumann, 1915) – 31 cm approx.. Brown is more dark by the area of the head and back. Many specimens with dark violet hue.

  • Chalcopsitta Duivenbodei Duivenbodei

    (Dubois, 1884) – The nominal

  • Sound of the Brown Lory.
[audio:HTTPS:// Pardo.mp3]


They frequent the primary and secondary forests with large mature trees.
They seem to especially appreciate the edges of wooded areas. They are also found in the partially open forests. They seem to be able to adapt to areas that have suffered more or less significant damage.

The Brown Lory It is a bird of lowland, It is usually present below the 200 m.

There is little information about the habits of this species. Often live in pairs or in small groups in that often is associated with other species of parrots dining rooms of nectar or near those trees in flower.

They usually seek food the canopy of the forest and vegetation at ground level. Their activity seems to have no end. At night they retire to dormitories in the branches.

When moving, they have a very characteristic flight made with very accentuated flapping at the tips of the wings.
Their flight is much slower than the Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus hamatodus). Yellow-orange color under the wings are very obvious.


The breeding season is produced in April. In captivity, the females usually lay two eggs, which hatch in approximately 24 days. The total duration of the nesting is very long. 11 weeks from the construction of the nest until the full autonomy of the offspring. We don't have more information.


We don't have many details on its menu. One thing is certain, their diet is almost exclusively vegetarian. It feeds on fruits, seeds and sprouts. Given the fact that spends most of its time in shrubs or flowering trees, pollen and nectar should be an essential resource in your diet.


This species has a patchy distribution along the lowlands of the North coast of New Guinea, since the Cenderawasih Bay between Papua and West Papua (Indonesia) to the The astrolabe Bay in Papua New Guinea. In general they are rare (Coates 1985, Beehler et to the., 1986), but is fairly common locally in locations such as the South of River Vanimo Puwani and in the area of the Wapoga River (A. Mack in lit. . 1999, KD Bishop in litt. 1999, B. Beehler in litt., 2000).

Distribution of subspecies


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern.

• Population trend: Stable.

The species has a population global estimated at more of 50.000 individuals.
Forests throughout its area of distribution is threatened by commercial logging, but the abundance of the species in secondary forest suggests that it is not threatened.

The fact that are able to adapt to them areas forest exploited or degraded, It is an encouraging sign and the mark of the relative health of the species.

Lori Pardo in captivity:

It is of a bird rare in captivity, but his breeding is easy.

Information in BeautyofBirds

Alternative names:

Brown Lory, Duyvenbode’s Lory (English).
Lori de Duyvenbode (French).
Braunlori (German).
Lóris-castanho (Portuguese).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Chalcopsitta
Scientific name: Chalcopsitta duivenbodei
Citation: (Dubois, 1884)
Protonimo: Chalcopsittacus Duivenbodei

Brown Lory images:


Brown Lory (Chalcopsitta duivenbodei)

Avibase, BirdLife International, Oiseaux.NET

Photos: Bob|P-&-S (Flickr), Wikimedia, J. Brubaker (, iggino (,

Sounds: BAS van Balen (Xeno-canto)

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