The Chattering Lory
has been called the most popular of all Lory
breeds. With all of the demand for these
stunning creatures, demand often outweighs
supply. For those lucky enough to own a
Chattering Lory, they are blessed with a
The Chattering Lory (garrulus garrulus) is not to be confused with the Yellow Back Lory (garrulus flavopalliatus). The Yellow Back Lory is also
called the Chattering Lory in some areas.
While these two subspecies are similar, they
are distinct and should be recognized as such.
They can be distinguished by the presence of a
on the back of the Yellow Back Lory, which is
either missing or much less defined in
garrulus garrulus. The Chattering Lory
(garrulus garrulus) has been called the Red
Chattering Lory and the Moluccan Lory.
Whatever his name, the Chattering Lory is
perhaps one of the most beautiful of all
The Chattering Lory has a brilliant red head that blends into dark red shoulders. Its wings are primarily green, though yellow is seen at the bend and under the wing coverts. A large red band marks the underside
of the flight feathers. His tail is red
with green tips. Orange can be seen
on his belly. He has an orange bill
topped with a gray cere. He has gray
feet and his eyes range from orangey-red to
yellowish brown. Often a single dark
line is seen coming from the top of the eye
towards the back of the head, it almost looks
like eyeliner. The immature birds are
easily recognized by their dark bill and iris,
their striking adult plumage is realized by
six months of age. There is no
difference between males and females.
The Chattering Lory is a large parrot with an
average size of 12 inches (30cm).
The Chattering Lory's habitat in the wild is the mangrove forests of Indonesia. He has also been seen in the islands of Weda and Halmahera. Unfortunately many of the Lory species are classified as endangered. At this time the Chattering Lory is not endangered and hopefully will remain so.