Yellow Backed Chattering Lory

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

Yellow Backed Chattering Lory Natural History


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.


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

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.


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.

Yellow Backed Chattering Lory During Your Day Out in Kent

The yellow backed chattering lory at Wingham Wildlife Park can be found in the tropical house. It shares it’s exhibit with several other other bird species such as lorikeets (black winged, goeldi and rainbow), finches, blue crowned pigeons, speckled mouse birds and eclectus parrots. In the Spring and Summer this is a particularly beautiful walk through, indoor planted area where the free flying birds can fly overhead.