“At a national research planning meeting held at a resort-cum-golf course. Got a chance to nip out in the early morning (7-8am) to watch bird life here. Was surprised to come across this escaped parrot. I think it is a Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus). At first saw it in flight and in a far of tree but managed to get closer when it stopped to feed.
“This Lory is endemic to North Maluku, Indonesia (north Moluccan islands). Good article here: LINK.
“Was considered endangered from trapping and sale but now list as vulnerable, see: LINK.
“There are three subspecies: L. g. flavopalliatus (also called the Yellow-backed Lory); L. g. garrulus and L. g. morotaianus. The differences in the subspecies is predominantly in the amount of yellow on the mantle but not easy to differentiated.
“Information from Parrots of the World by Joseph M Forshaw, 2006 (See: LINK.)
“L. g. garrulus: both adults in general red, with scapulars having darker tint; yellow patch on mantle absent; green thighs and wings; yellow bend of wing and underwing coverts; pink/rose underwing stripe; red tail with black/green tip. Bill orange. Eye ring grey, eye orange/red. L. g. flavopalliatus: both adults as in garrulus but with yellow patch on mantle; brighter green on wings. L. g. morotaianus: both adults as in flavopalliatus but with yellow patch on mantle washed with green, duller and less extensive; darker green wings.
“So this adult could be an L. g. morotaianus as small patch of yellow on back.
“Feeding (Source: LINK). The Chattering Lory is nectarivorous, feeding on nectar and/or pollen, with reports of feeding on coconut flowers and fruits.
“Saw it feeding extensively on the Bottlebrush (Callistemon sp.) flowers, either for the nectar or pollen.”
Calls: Chattering Lory-calls-4
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
5th October 2011