Lorius lory .............................................................By Gideon Scheepers



Black Caps are mainly red, with the forehead, nape and crown of the head black. The lower parts of the breast, abdomen, thighs, under tail-coverts are dark blue. There are 7 recognised sub-species of Black Capped Lorys, the others are Meyer's Black-capped (L. l Salvadorii), Somu Lory (L. l somu), Jobi Lory (L.i jobiensis), Red Brested Lory (L.l erythrorax), Beaufort's Black-capped Lory (L.l viridicrissalis) and the Biak Lory (L.l cyanuchen), the various sub-species are depicted in the photo below. The bill is orange. The iris is orange and the eye ring is black. They grow to a length of 31 cm.

Range and Habitat

Black Capped Lorys are to be found in West Irian and on the islands of Waigeu, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. They prefer the forests and wooded swamps. They are solitary birds and only rarely seen in small groups of 3 birds outside the breeding season.

Housing in Aviculture

They are best housed in a suspended aviary due to their liquid droppings. They are relatively noisy, so remember this when planning your aviary. They must be supplied with an L-shaped nestbox measuring 30 cm x 30 cm x 40 cm deep, filled to a depth of 15 cm with pine shavings and wood chips.

Breeding in Aviculture

They are bred regularly in aviculture. The hen lays a clutch of 2 eggs. The incubation lasts 26 days and the young fledge after a period of 95 days.


There may be a Red Suffused Mutation in South Africa


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