Chattering Lory


The chattering lory is large, playful, outgoing and, at times, mischievous. Chattering lories are charming, clownish birds, but can also be feisty and aggressive at times, according to Margrethe Warden, an American Lory Society director and lory breeder. Like all lories, the chattering lory might be reserved around children, but overall they are fun and active pet birds. Supervise chattering lories during their out-of-cage time because they can become aggressive towards other birds and fearlessly go after another animal regardless of size.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Biting and screaming can be issues with chattering lories because they are hyperactive birds and will nip or let out a high pitched shrill. They can be aggressive toward anyone or other birds that it perceives as receiving more attention than itself. Lories are susceptible to hemochromatosis (iron storage disease) and visceral gout. Chattering lories need a low-protein and low-iron diet that consist largely of fruit and nectar. These pet birds do not eat seed and breeders do not recommend giving lories a pellet diet; rather fresh fruits, vegetable and sprouts. Due to nectar consumption, chattering lories create very liquid stool that makes constant cleaning a must.

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Breed Details

Scientific Name:
Native Region:
Moluccan Islands of Indonesia
Small, 12 inches
Life Expectancy:
20 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability:
Moderate, known for its talking ability.