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Purple-naped Lory - BirdForum Opus

Lorius domicella
Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Location: Seram, Indonesia.


28 cm. The bird is mainly red, with orange bill. Its cap is black, becoming violet at rear; there is a variable yellow band across upper breast. Thighs are purplish blue. Green wings, red, broad and rounded tail, tipped brownish-red.

Similar species

  • Red Lory : longer, pointed slender tail, largely red wings and cap.
  • Blue-eared Lory : longer, pointed slender tail, largely red wings and cap.


Islands of Seram, Ambon, and perhaps also Haruku and Saparua, South Maluku (= Moluccan Islands), Indonesia.


This is a monotypic species.


Hill and submontane rainforest, sometimes preferring ridges, within a fairly restricted altitudinal range (between 300 and 1,100 m, but only common between 600 and 1,000 m).


It lives in pairs or scattered flocks; largely sedentary.

Voice: whistling wee-ooo wee-auuh

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