Chattering Lories (Lorius garrulus garrulus)

Lories and Lorikeets: Overview (Naming, Range and Description)



The Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulus garrulus) is endemic to the Halmahera and Weda Islands (part of the Maluku group of islands). This lory is endangered in its natural habitat due to habitat loss (Cites II).



Yellow-backed Lories


Chattering LoryDescription:

They average 12″ (30cm) in length and weigh about 6.7 – 7.9 oz (~190 – 225 g).  The plumage is mostly dark  dark red except for the wings and thighs which are green.

These are amongst the better talking species and perhaps one of the cleverest at escaping.

They are known for their great personalities and are known to always be up to something. If something is placed on top of their cages, they will work endlessly until it’s knocked to the floor. Food and water bowls must be firmly attached to the cage, and even then they will likely become toys!

There is a sub-species, the Yellow-backed Lory, L. g. flavopalliatus, which has a patch of yellow on the mantle (back).

Either makes a great, if somewhat vocal pet. They produce a shrill, whistle-like call. Thankfully they don’t do it very frequently. Still quieter than an amazon. (Description by

Dick Schroeder

– Owner of Cuttlebone Plus and Expert Breeder / Keeper of Lories).


Lories as Pets or in Aviculture:

Due to their endangered status, any suitable specimen that cannot be released back into their natural habitat (native range) should preferably be placed into a well-managed breeding program to ensure the continued survival of this species.


Chattering LoryHousing / Set-up and Requirements


Special Challenges of Lories and Lorikeets: Training and Behavioral Guidance


Feeding and Care Requirements of Your Lory



Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Lorius … English: Greater Noble Parrots … Dutch: Breedstaartlori … German: Breitschwanzloris … French: Lorius

Species: Scientific: Lorius garrulus garrulus aka Domicella garrulus garrulus … English: Chattering Lory … Dutch: Molukkenlori, Rode Geelmantellori … German: Gelbmantellori … French: Lori de Moluques

Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate: garrulus, flavopalliatus, morotaianus


Other Relevant Web Resources



Yellow-backed LorySub-species:


Yellow-backed Lories


Morotai Yellow-backed Lories:

Distribution: Island of Morotai and probably also Raou Islands (Maluku Islands)

Description: At about 30 cm or 12 inches in length, it’s about the same size as the nominate species featured on this page. They look like the Yellow-backed Lory, except the yellow patch to the mantle (back) is smaller and less extensive.

Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Lorius … English: Greater Noble Parrot’s … Dutch: Breedstaartlori … German: Breitschwanzloris … French: Lorius

Species: Scientific: Lorius garrulus morotaianus aka Domicella garrulus morotaianus … English: Morotai Yellow-backed Lory … Dutch: Morotai Geelmantellori … German: Morotai Gelbmantellori … French: Lori de Morotai … CITES II – Endangered Species


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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