Bird Families

White-necked Loris / Lorius albidinucha


The name "Lori" comes from the Dutch word for "clown". Lori are small parrots. The length of the body, depending on the species, is from 18 to 35 cm. Half of the body length of the parrot is the tail. The beak is small, laterally flattened. These birds have no scars on the upper jaw. At the end of the tongue, some species have a kind of brush, while others have a papilla adapted to the intake of liquid food. This feature of the structure allows lorises to lick off tree sap or eat juicy fruits. Loris love to eat nectar collected from tree flowers. At the same time, they contribute to the pollination of plants.

Lori have an unusually bright color of plumage. The most widespread is the pointed-tailed loris. The back, wings and abdomen are green, on the head is blue plumage. The back of the head is violet-brown with a greenish tinge. The chest is red, with a wide dark blue transverse stripe. Flight feathers have a white spot on a white fan, tail feathers have a yellow spot in the middle. Pointed lorises breed from the Malacca Islands through New Guinea to the Bismarck Archipelago, as well as in Eastern Australia. The tail feathers of this species are narrow, decreasing towards the end. The wing length is about 15 cm.

Lorises are distributed from the southern part of the Philippine Islands and Sulawesi to the south to Australia and Tasmania, to the east along the Polynesian islands. In the wild, lorises form pairs or settle in small families. Prefer wooded areas. Lori fly well, and also climb trees well, with the help of claws and beak. Lorises nest in tree holes, sometimes in termite mounds.

Usually 1-2 eggs per clutch. The incubation period lasts up to 25 days, after which the parents feed the chicks for about 8 more weeks. At the age of two months, the offspring leave the nest and begin to feed on their own. Young lorises differ from adults in beak coloration and tail length (shorter than in adult birds).

Lori are extremely lively and agile birds. Having a brush at the end of the tongue, they deftly collect nectar from flowers, especially from eucalyptus, and at the same time contribute to their pollination. In addition to nectar, lorises feed on ripe fruits and vegetables, berries, and flower petals. Sometimes - insect larvae. In the wild, the loris' main enemy is tree pythons, which constantly threaten the integrity of nests and offspring.

The subfamily is divided into 12 genera, including 62 species.

Genus White-backed lorises Pseudeos
White-backed Lori Pseudeos fuscata
Genus Brilliant Lori Chalcopsitta
Shiny lory brown Chalcopsitta duivenbodei
Shiny Lori Cardinal Chalcopsitta cardinalis
Shiny red-faced loris Chalcopsitta sintillata
Shiny black lori Chalcopsitta atra
Genus Maiden Lori Vini
Hermit Lori ruby ​​Vini kuhlii
Blue-capped hermit lori Vini australis
Hermit Lori blue Vini peruviana
Hermit Lori ultramarine Vini ultramarina
Lori the Hermit Hendersons Vini stepheni
Genus Wedge-tailed lorikeets Psitteuteles
Lorikeet Goldie Psitteuteles goldiei
Lorikeet streaked Psitteuteles versicolor
Lorikeet blue-eared Psitteuteles iris
Genus Red Lori Eos
Blue-red lori Eos histrio
Red lori Eos bornea
Red loris semi-masked Eos semilarvata
Red loris blue-eared Eos reticulata
Red loris black-winged Eos cyanogenia
Red lory scaly Eos squamata
Genus Lori-gua Neopsittacus
Lori-gua yellow-billed Neopsittacus musschenbroekii
Lori-gua emerald Neopsittacus pullicauda
Genus Loriketa Trichoglossus
Lorikeet cherry red Trichoglossus rubiginosus
Lorikeet Johnston Trichoglossus johnstoniae
Yellow-headed lorikeet Trichoglossus euteles
Lorikeet yellow-green Trichoglossus flavoviridis
Lorikeet multicolor Trichoglossus haematodus
Lorikeet decorated with Trichoglossus ornatus
Lorikeet scaly-chested Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Genus Laurie Hermits Phigys
Hermit Lori Phigys solitarius
Genus Musk Lorikeets Glossopsitta
Musk lorikeet Glossopsitta concinna
Crowned musky lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Musk lorikeet tiny Glossopsitta pusilla
Genus New Guinea mountain lorises Oreopsittacus
New Guinea Mountain Lory Oreopsittacus arfaki
Genus Decorated Lorises Charmosyna
Decorated Lori Wilhelmina Charmosyna wilhelminae
Lori embellished diadem Charmosyna diadema
Decorated Lori Josephine Charmosyna josefinae
Decorated lori gold-striped Charmosyna pulchella
Decorated Lori red-sided Charmosyna placentis
Decorated Lori redbeard Charmosyna rubrigularis
Decorated Lori red-throated Charmosyna aureicincta
Decorated Lori red-faced Charmosyna rubronotata
Decorated Lori Margarita Charmosyna margarethae
Decorated Lori Meeka Charmosyna meeki
Decorated lori multi-stripe Charmosyna multistriata
Decorated Laurie palm Charmosyna palmarum
Decorated Papuan Lori Charmosyna papou
Decorated lori blue-fronted Charmosyna toxopei
Genus Broad-tailed loris Lorius
Wide-tailed white-necked loris Lorius albidinuchus
Broad-tailed loris yellow-backed Lorius garrulus
Green-tailed loris Lorius chlorocercus
Wide-tailed lory purple-bellied Lorius hypoinochrous
Wide-tailed loris purple-capped Lorius domicella
Wide-tailed lory black-capped Lorius lory

Keeping lorises in captivity is quite problematic due to two features of this parrot: a sharp unpleasant cry and liquid droppings (due to the frequent intake of liquid food).

The second circumstance assumes that the cage device should have a retractable tray, which should be covered with paper. Moreover, the paper flooring should be additionally covered with a fine mesh, otherwise the parrot will quickly tear the paper to shreds. You can replace the paper with a layer of sawdust mixed with peat. The cage should be cleaned daily.

The size of a cage or aviary for a pair of loris should be about 150x70x70 cm. There must be a house in the cage where the loris prefer to spend the night. The dimensions of the house are 45x30x30 cm, with a taphole about 10 cm in diameter. The house can be made from plywood or part of a tree trunk. The bottom is lined with a layer of sawdust mixed with peat. Lori is usually kept in pairs. Parrots are susceptible to breeding in captivity. They usually have 2 eggs in a clutch. Incubation lasts 25 days. At the age of 8 weeks, the chicks are already independent.

Climatic conditions are extremely important for loris parrots: temperature extremes should be avoided, birds do not tolerate excessive heat or cold. The optimum temperature is 20 ° C. The loris cage should be equipped with perches and other toys - it is extremely important for parrots to be able to climb. In cramped conditions, lorises feel bad.

Loris love to swim. It is important to provide them with a place to swim or, if this is not possible, to train them to take a "shower" by spraying from a spray bottle. Bathing water should be around 30-35 ° C. Loris prefer to swim daily.
Lauries are demanding on food. In the spring, parrots are offered branches (with opened buds) of flowering fruit trees. In summer, some types of flowers. Fruits and fruits should be included in the daily diet: apples, grapes, pears, bananas, oranges, berries. You can also offer grated carrots with white bread croutons. Some lorises quickly become accustomed to grains and eat wheat and corn. In the summer, to prevent digestive upset, lorises are fed in small portions several times a day.

Lori are friendly birds and easily get along with other species of parrots. They are one of the most capable parrots! They lend themselves well to learning, and are able to memorize a significant number of words and even phrases - up to 70. At the same time, they pronounce words clearly, and they do not need to be taught speech according to any special exercise: it is enough just to repeat the same words for 5-7 days and phrases and the parrot will begin to pronounce them! But due to the peculiarities of their content - an unpleasant voice and liquid droppings, which must be constantly removed, these parrots are not recommended for newbie bird lovers.

Lorius albidinucha (Rothschild & Hartert, 1924)

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The White-naped lory, or Lori nuquiblanco (Lorius albidinucha) is a monotypic species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. Source: Wikipedia


Lorius albidinucha

(Rothschild & Hartert, 1924)

Bull.Br.Orn.Club p.7

Domicella albidinucha

Avibase ID:

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 177438

Geographic range:

  • Lorius albidinucha: New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago)