Black Winged Lory

Black Winged Lorikeet in the tropical house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Black Winged Lorikeet Natural History

Size

This bird has an average length of around 30cm (12 inches).

Habitat and Distribution

This bird lives within the forests of Indonesia, where it spends a lot of time along coastal areas.

Age

These birds have been recorded living between 25 and 35 years.

Threats

This species is lsted by the IUCN red list as being vulnerable to extinction in the wild.  The main reason for this is on-going destruction of its natural habitat (many of the islands where these birds live have almost entirely been cleared of forests leaving few feeding and nesting opportunities) however it is also some times hunted both for its beautiful feathers as well as for food – however as this is a relatively small and fast bird this is more rare.

Diet

This bird feeds largely on small berries in the wild, however also takes the nectar of some of the plants within its range.

Groups and Breeding

These birds generally live in pairs however can group in flocks of up to 6 birds.

The Lorikeets During Your Day Out in Kent

All of the lorikeets which call Wingham Wildlife Park home can be found in a mixed species exhibit, free flying in the tropical house.  As well as the black winged lory, you can find rainbow lorys, yellow backed chattering lorys and the tiny goeldie lory.  In captivity (including at our park), lorikeets feed on a very specialised liquid diet called lori nectar.  This is a specially formulated liquid which is further boosted by the availability of fresh fruit throughout the day.  This diet is very important however due to its liquid nature, it is not common for lorikeet waste to have a similar consistency!