Brown Lory (Chalcopsitta duivenbodei)

Brown Lory

Brown Lory

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Chalcopsitta duivenbodei | [authority] Dubois, 1884 | [UK] Brown Lory | [FR] Lori duyvenbode | [DE] Braunlori | [ES] Lori Pardo | [NL] Duyvenbode’s Lori | [copyright picture] Steve Milpacher


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Chalcopsitta duivenbodei AU n New Guinea
Chalcopsitta duivenbodei duivenbodei nw coast of New Guinea
Chalcopsitta duivenbodei syringanuchalis ne coast of New Guinea


Chalcopsitta is a genus of parrot in the family Psittacidae and the subfamily Loriinae. All four species are found on the islands of and around New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. The four species of the Chalcopsitta genus are about 31 – 32 cm (12 inches) long. They have long tails, and prominent bare skin at the base of the lower mandible.

Physical charateristics

Dark brown feathers; yellow forecrown, chin, thighs, under-wing converts, innerwebs of primary feathers and bend of wing; also purple rump and black bill. Eye orange/red. C.d. duivenbodei: body dark olive/brown, forehead and face yellow; feathers of breast margined yellow, bend of wing, thighs and underwing covers orange/yellow; yellow markings on outer tail feathers in male. C.d. syringanuchalis: darker brown head and back; often with purple sheen.

Listen to the sound of Brown Lory

[audio: Lory.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Patrik Aberg

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 31 cm size max.: 33 cm
incubation min.: 22 days incubation max.: 26 days
fledging min.: 75 days fledging max.: 85 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


Australasia : North New Guinea. This species has a patchy distribution along the northern coastal lowlands of New Guinea, from the Geelvink Bay in Irian Jaya (Indonesia) to the Astrolobe Bay in Papua New Guinea.


It favours a type of primary and tall secondary forest which has only been recorded below 150 m


Only data from capitvity, clutch size 2 eggs incubated for about 2-4 weeks. Young fledge after about 11 weeks.

Feeding habits

Nectar from flowering trees, and fruit.

Video Brown Lory


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Forests throughout its range are threatened by commercial logging but the species’s abundance in secondary forest suggests that it is not threatened.
Brown Lory status Least Concern


Probably resident

Distribution map

Brown Lory distribution range map

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