The Red Lory



  • Common Name:  Lory - Red

  • Other Common Names:  Red Moluccan Lory, Red Lory, Moluccan Lory

  • Scientific Name:  Eos bornea bornea

  • Group:  Lory

  • Origin or Range:  Amboina

  • Relative Size:  Average

  • Average Lifespan:  30 years

  • Compatibility:  Average 

  • Category:  Parrots

The Red Lory is a beautiful, active parrot that is popular in aviculture, because it is well suited to a variety of homes.

The Red Lory, also known as the Moluccan Lory or the Red Moluccan Lory is popular among some hobbyists because it is not as noisy as someThe Red Lory other parrot species.  This is not to say that they don't make noise.  All parrots make noise, it is just a matter of degree.  But, on average, this species is quieter than many others, and for this reason it may be more suited to apartment life than some of the other large parrots such as amazons and macaws.  The Red Lory is known for its excellent mimicking ability.  Their ability to talk, however, is inconsistent at best.  While some Red Lories are known to speak, this is not the norm and you should not expect your Red Lory to speak.  Red Lories are active birds and they need as big a cage as you can afford.  They love to play and are great acrobats.    Red Lories are also very intelligent.  It should be noted that some Red Lories have been known to defecate from the sides of their cages, which can cause quite a mess.  Some hobbyists suggest placing acrylic around the edges of the cage to help prevent this from happening.  Some Lories are possessive of their toys and cages - for this reason they should be handled frequently, to prevent aggression.

The Red Lory is quite handsome with its brilliant red plumage.  Each of The Red Loryits bright red feathers is tipped with a whitish shaft.  The feathers on its secondary and wing covets are tipped with black.  Black is the main color for the primaries, but they possess a red speculum.  The underside of the tail is a dull red, with the upper side covered in reddish brown plumage.  They have an orange bill, with reddish brown eyes.  There is no visible difference between males and females.  Immature Red Lories have dark eyes and dark bills.  They are smaller than many of the larger parrots reaching an average 12 inches (31cm) at adulthood, with wingspans of six to seven inches (160 - 175 mm).

Originating in Indonesia, the Red Lory is commonly seen in Amboina and Saparua.

Feed the Lories plenty of fruits and vegetables such as grapes, and make sure that their diet does not consist of a lot of protein because too muchThe Red Lory protein in a Lories' diet may cause the gout.  Citrus fruit should also be avoided.  In addition to fruits and vegetables, fresh water is a must and they should also be given nectar, Lory pellets and powder.  Some good fruits and vegetables include chopped apples, frozen sweet corn, fruit cocktail and leafy green vegetables.  Many hobbyists suggest hanging their foods to keep them from being bored.

To ensure proper health make sure to clean your Lory's cage daily.


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