Purple-naped Lory – Lorius domicella

Purple-naped Lory – Lorius domicella

Lori ladies – Lorius domicella – Purple napped Lory

With lori yellow necklace is one of only two species of lorines to have a black cap and a yellow breast band. However, we can distinguish the latter with its purple neck, its yellow band sub wing and tail completely red. In adults, the scarlet plumage is dominant, the beak is orange, the eye ring is dark grey, orange-red iris and the legs are dark gray. The female is identical to its partner.

They are known to emit melodious notes in flight. The species lives mainly in primary and secondary forests hills and low mountain between 400 and 1050 meters above sea level on the island of Seram in forested lowland areas bordering agricultural land on the Moluccas on Ambon and Buru where they may have been introduced.

They live alone or in pairs, in small bands. It is not very easy to observe those birds as they spend most of their time in the leaves and the upper branches of tall trees where they restore and sit quietly. They are very shy and very popular in the villages.

 The nest is built in a tree hollow. In captivity, ladies loris usually lay two white eggs which are incubated for about 25 days. The reproductive cycle is usually very long and can last up to 3 months. The youngs are altricial and fly 4 or 6 weeks after hatching.

These fruit-eating, feed acrobatically in the branches of trees where they gather the fruits of pandanus palm seeds.

The species is threatened.