Chalcopsitta atra Scopoli, 1786
Chalcopsitta atra atra (Scopoli, 1786) – Western Black Lory – NW New Guinea in W Papuan Islands (Batanta, Salawati) and W Vogelkop Peninsula.
Chalcopsitta atra bernsteini Rosenberg, 1861 – Misool Island.
Chalcopsitta atra insignis Oustalet, 1878 – Eastern Black Lory – NW New Guinea in E Vogelkop, Onin and Bomberai Peninsulas, and Rumberpon Island (W Geelvink Bay).
According to IUCN red list: Least concern.
Chalcopsitta atra atra
Black with a vinous purple gloss which is only visible in sunlight.
Rump is tinged with blue.
Underside of the tail is red and yellow.
Neck feathers are distinctively shaped, narrow and pointed.
Iris brown or sometimes reddish-brown, and sometimes with yellow inner circle.
The beak and feet are black.
Facial skin darkgrey. (Unless the birds are kept inside, then it stays white.)
Male is a little larger, with bigger head and beak.
But best sexing with DNA or endoscopic.
1 mutation (dilute?) was occured which make the black feathers red and flight feathers yellow, but died before breeding.
7 - 8 mm
Chalcopsitta atra bernsteini
Bernstein black lory
Differs from the nominate by the dark-red on the thighs, and in some birds, reddish purple markings on the forehead.
Lores are dark-red.
Underwing coverts are tinged with vinous.
Description vary al lot on different books and websites, also the birds in captivity which are called Bernstein vary a lot from the birds in the pictures from Mehd Halaouate, these are taken in Misool so 100% sure Bernstein lory. So I only use these pictures, as I am not sure the birds in captivity are pure.
7 - 8 mm
Chalcopsitta atra insignis
rajah lory or red-quilled lory
The most beautiful of the atra species.
Red forehead, lores, underwing coverts and thighs.
Some red feathers in the breast aswell.
Underside of the tail red near the base, the rest yellow.
7 - 8 mm