The chattering lory (Lorius garrulus) mostly has a brilliant red plumage, with dull green thighs and wings, and a dark green tip to the tail . Sometimes there are traces of yellow spotting on the mantle , with the amount varying between the three subspecies. The bend of the wing and underwing-coverts are also yellow and the bill is orange, darker at the base
This is chiefly a canopy species most commonly found in primary lowland and montane forest up to 1,050 metres above sea level, although the chattering lory is tolerant of logged forest and has been recorded from mature secondary woodland next to cultivated lands, occasionally visiting coconut plantations and gardens.
The primary food items of the chattering lory are thought to be nectar and/or pollen, with local reports of feeding on coconut flowers along the coast, although fruits and maize are also included in the diet.
Endemic to North Maluku, Indonesia, where it is known from Morotai, Rau, Halmahera, Widi, Ternate, Bacan, Obi (5) and possibly Kasiruta and Obilatau. The chattering lory has also been released on Sangihe, north of Sulawesi .
Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (April, 2011).Listed on Appendix II of CITES (February, 2007).
The chattering lory typically nests in holes 20 to 25 metres up in very tall trees. The breeding season is thought to last from around June to November, possibly longer. In captivity, two eggs are laid per clutch and the nestling period lasts around 76 days .
Update : 11 April 2017