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Black-capped Lory - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies cyanuchen
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Geelvink Bay, Papua New Guinea, May 2004
Lorius lory


  • Green upper wings, yellow underwings
  • Red head and body
  • Blue legs, belly, nape and mantle
  • Black cap
  • Greyish-black cere

The subspecies vary considerably in colour, but all have the green wings with red head and body.

Subspecies viridicrissalis
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taja, Papua New Guinea, October 2005


South-east Asia: endemic to New Guinea.



There are has 9 subspecies:

  • L. l. lory:
  • L. l. cyanauchen:
  • L. l. jobiensis:
  • Yapen Island and Mios Num Island (northern New Guinea)
  • L. l. viridicrissalis:
  • Northern New Guinea (Humboldt Bay to Mamberamo River)
  • L. l. salvadorii:
  • North-eastern New Guinea (Aitape area to Astrolabe Bay)
  • L. l. erythrothorax:
  • Southern and eastern New Guinea (except for range of somu)
  • L. l. somu:

Two additional subspecies major and rubiensis are not accepted by all authorities[2]


Primary and secondary rainforest, swampforest and forest edges in most lowland areas up to 1000m.


The diet includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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