Scientific Name: Chalcopsitta atra
Black Lories are without doubt one of the most intriguing and striking species of Lory. Their colouration is unique, with solid black plumage over the head and the body but the tail stands out with blocks of red and yellow. However, dependent on the lighting, the Black Lory has a metallic purple overtone. In summary, an exquisitely beautiful bird.
Other members of the Chalcopsitta genus include the Yellow-Streaked Lory, the Cardinal Lory, and the Duyvenbode’s Lory. In the future we hope to own the Yellow-Streaked and possibly the Duyvenbode’s Lory. The situation with some Exotic Lory species in Australia means that viable pairs and unrelated bloodlines are very difficult to obtain; however there are a number of experienced breeders working to improve this.
Like all of the Exotic Lories, Blacks have a fascinating character and are full of energy. Not for the novice bird keeper, they do have refined dietary requirements (like all nectarivores) and can be aggressive in breeding season. Their bite also packs a serious punch! But with the correct set-up, these rare exotics are a breath taking addition to any avicultural collection.
We currently have a beautiful pair of Black Lories at our Aviaries.