Chattering Lory

CHATTERING LORY
Lorius garrulus

» About 12" in length and weight at about 200 grams
» Range is the northern Moluccas islands of Indonesia
» Considered to be 
vulnerable due to trapping for the pet trade
» A common Lory in aviculture
» Considered by some to be too aggressive to be kept with other birds
» Excellent potential as a companion. They generally love to be handled and can become good talkers. One drawback is that they have a loud piercing shriek.

They will do well with a portion of their diet being dry powder but they also need and enjoy fruits, vegetables and low iron greens.

Back in the mid 1970s I bought two imported lories, a Chattering and a Red from a small local bird shop that didn't get that Lories needed a special diet. They were being fed a horrible diet (mostly seed, with  milk and honey). I had little trouble taming the Red lory but couldn't reach the Chattering lory. I did get Charley to step on my hand a few times but he clearly preferred his cage. I figured out almost immediately why these birds were called "chattering" Lories. He was quite loquacious but for the most part, he wasn't a problem. Eventually I figured out that Charley was "in love" with his reflection. I had him in a cage that was clearly too small for his activity level but cage sizes were very limited back then. The cage was sold as a Mynah cage (too small for a mynah bird too!!) because it was wider than it was tall which gave the birds a lot of possible lateral movement. I think that this is very important because of the activity level of lories. At the bottom of Chattering Charley's cage was a area of shiny metal area about 3 to 4" inches high where there were no bars. It took me awhile to realize that the Lory could see his reflection in this shiny metal and preferred his "companion lory" to coming out to visit with me. This may not be the only reason that I had difficulty taming the Chattering Lory. I didn't know for sure how old either bird was but my guess was that the Red Lory I named Gypsy, seemed like a young bird to me ... I think that Charley was an older bird, which may have made him more difficult to tame. He certainly was a gorgeous bird particualrly once I got him on a better diet of a mash I made of fruits, peas, meal worms, and nectar - maybe not the best but a lot better then what he was eating. 


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