Red lory

Overview

The red lories can be seen in the Park's Rainbow Landing walkthrough, where you can enjoy seeing thesecolourful and exotic birds free flying above your heads.

You can even purchase a small pot of nectar for the lories and lorikeets. Experience these magnificent birds landing on you while they drink nectar using their unusual but specialised bristle tongue.

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Distribution: Indonesia
Habitat: Plantations near villages, mangroves and humid primary forest
Height: Length 31cm
Weight: 1-1.6 kg
Lifespan: 25 - 30 years
Threats: International pet trade

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Scientific name: Eos bornea

Red lories are mostly red and the plumage of the upper body is all red. There are red, blue, and black markings on the back and wings, and the tail is red-brown with blue under-tail coverts. The beak is orange and the legs are grey.

They are usually observed in pairs or small flocks, but large noisy groups of over 50 birds are not uncommon, sometimes in company with Rainbow Lorikeets.

They feed on flowers, pollen, nectar, seeds, insects and fruit. They use their brush-tipped tongue to get the pollen. The tip of the tongue has hairy projections (called papillae) that soak up nectar and catch pollen.

During the day, the flock spend much of the day on the ground foraging, preening and taking dust baths and have even been seen heading in single file toward the nearest drinking hole. During the heat of the day these birds will rest and seek shade.

Red Lory Facts

Lorikeets have uniquely shaped beaks. The upper mandible (beak) has a long, pointed tip and much narrower structure than other parrots. Their beaks are perfect for crushing flowers, and their special tongue mops up the nectar.
Red Lories are extremely active and loud birds, communicating with noisy screeching, squawks and are in constant chatter.
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