Yellow Backed Chattering Lory

Yellow Backed Chattering Lorikeet in the tropical house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size.

Including its tail, this bird reaches lengths of around 12 inches.

Habitat and Distribution.

This is an Indonesian bird which has its most dense population in the North Maluku area, where it occupies forests.

Age

This bird can be expected to live for around 28 years.

Diet
They will occasionally eat some seeds, flower buds and insects, but just as with all Lorikeets the majority of its diet is made up of flower nectar.

Groups and Breeding.

These birds mature at around 2 to 3 years of age, after which the females may produce 2 eggs which hatch after an incubation period of 28 days.

Threats.

This bird is listed on the IUCN Redlist as vulnerable due to a decline in its natural population. it is thought that the 2 main factors in this decline are its catching for the pet trade and the destruction of the forests it lives in to make way for human habitation and agricultural land.

Interesting facts.

Lorikeets have often been given the nickname of brush tongued parrot, because they have a u-shaped collection of tiny hairs on the end of their tongue, which when the tongue is stretched out stand up to easily allow them to soak up the nectar and collect pollen from plants.