Lorius domicella Linnaeus, 1758

purple-naped lory                   

Species name sometimes erroneously spelt domicellus.




S Moluccas on Seram; maybe still persisting on Ambon.

An apparently feral population existed on Buru, but is now extinct.


According IUCN; ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously considered Vulnerable.

Heavy trapping for local and domestic trade as well as on-going forest loss driven by logging, oil drilling and hydroelectric power schemes are thought to be causing a rapid and ongoing decline in the species.


  • Length: 28 cm (11 inch)
  • Weight: 210-230 g.

Mainly red.

Forehead, crown black, extending at the back of the head streaked with violet.

A variably yellow band on the upper breast (much smaller then in the yellow-bibbed lory).

The mantle is darker red then the rest of the body.

The thighs are violet-blue.

The wings are green with a bronze caste to the median wing coverts.

The bend of the wing is mingled with white.

Underwing coverts are blue, and a broad yellow band on the underside of the flight feathers.

The tail is red at the base, tipped with dark brownish-red.

Orange bill with a bit of brown or grey at the base of the upper mandible.

The iris is greyish -brown with a faint light grey innerring.

The feet, cere and skin surrounding the eye is dark grey.


rare, not all pairs give good breeding results.


7 - 8 mm


Very regulary we see a maroon colored bird, which change the green and yellow to a dark-red colour (maroon). As this happen at later age mostly adult we don't can it a mutation as they are born normal. Mostly males got this problem, but sometimes females also can change, and even immature females. It is probably something hormonal, but does not affect any problem with breeding. This is very common in all lorius species.


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