Chalcopsitta duivenbodei............................ ...............By Gideon Scheepers


There are two subspecies of this intriguing Lory namely Chalcopsitta d. duivenbodei and Chalcopsitta d. syringanuchalis (Neumann's Brown Lory). Generally they are dark olive-brown with the latter being darker in colour. They have a distinct yellow on the forehead, cheeks, chin, bend of wing, thighs and under wing-coverts. There are dull yellow streaks to the nape. The rump is violet blue. They always remind me of Girl Scouts with their yellow and brown uniforms. The eye ring is black, as are the bare areas around the lores, cere and bill and also the bill itself. The iris is orange-red and the feet are dark grey. They grow to around 31 cm.

Range and Habitat

Duyvenbode's are found in northern parts of New Guinea. They are found in the tall-forested areas. They can usually be seen in pairs or small family groups.

Housing in Aviculture

They can be housed in conventional as well as suspended aviaries, we find the latter to be more hygienic and produces better breeding results. There must be a nest box attached with outside access so that nest inspection can be done with ease. The nestbox we use is an L-shaped boot box, 50 cm tall x 30 cm deep and 45 cm wide.

Breeding in Aviculture

They are often bred and some pairs become prolific breeding anytime of the year. The hen will lay a clutch of two eggs and incubate them for 25-26 days. The young will fledge after 90 days.


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