Chalcopsitta duivenbodei  Dubois, 1884

brown lory or duyvenbode's lory             

Subspecies and Distribution:

Chalcopsitta duivenbodei duivenbodei A. J. C. Dubois, 1884 – N New Guinea from E Geelvink Bay E to Aitape area. 

Chalcopsitta duivenbodei syringanuchalis Neumann, 1915 – NE New Guinea from Aitape area to Astrolabe Bay. Not all reconize this subspecies no more.


Not globally threatened. CITES II.

According to IUCN red list: Least concern.

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Chalcopsitta duivenbodei duivenbodei

brown lory or duyvenbode's lory


  • length: 31 cm ( 12,2 inch)
  • Weight: 200-250 gr.

Dark brown.

Forehead, lores, and encircling the lower mandible, underwing coverts, thighs are bright yellow.

The narrow elongated feathers of the nape and sides of the neck are dull yellow.

Lower back, rump and undertail coverts are deep blue.

In the breast feathers are concealed part of yellow.

The primaries are black with a large yellow patch on the inner web.

Beak, cere legs and skin surrounding the lower mandible are black. Birds who are kept inside will the skin not turn complete black, darkgrey around the lower mandible, light grey around the eye.

The iris is dark brown with a inner cercle of pale yellow.

Males generally larger, head and beak larger.

But best sexing with DNA or endoscopic.




Patrick Tay owned a wildcaught mutation in 1989, which is more greenish not brown. But  it could possibly be a modification and not a mutation.


7-8 mm

Chalcopsitta duivenbodei syringanuchalis


As nominate but should be darker on the head and back, and some specimens having a violet sheen.

Very doubtfull if this is realy a subspecies, but as it still on HBW I also mention it.


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