Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Black Lory (Chalcopsitta atra)


French: Lori noir German: Schwarzlori Spanish: Lori negro

Psittacus ater


, 1786,

New Guinea


Forms a species-pair with C. duivenbodei. Occasionally included in C. scintillata. Race insignis may be an incipient species. Possible race spectabilis, known only from the type specimen (1876, from head of Geelvink Bay), appears close to race insignis but may be a hybrid with C. scintillata. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. bernsteini Rosenberg, 1861 – Misool I (W Papuan Is).
  • C. a. atra (Scopoli, 1786) – Western Black Lory – NW New Guinea in W Papuan Is (Batanta, Salawati) and W Vogelkop Peninsula.
  • C. a. insignis Oustalet, 1878 – Eastern Black Lory – NW New Guinea in E Vogelkop, Onin and Bomberai Peninsulas, and Rumberpon I (W Geelvink Bay).
  • Descriptive notes

    32 cm; 260 g. Glossy purplish black, with bare orbital skin and skin at base of bill black; rump blackish blue; underside of tail olive-yellow, basally red. Immature has bare... read more


    Not well documented. Commonest call a very shrill, upslurred screech, uttered either singly or in... read more


    Open habitats including coastal plantations, grassy savanna and forest edge; also mangroves, ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seen feeding at flowering Schefflera shrubs.


    Male in breeding condition in Dec. In captivity: two eggs, size 31 mm × 25·7 mm; incubation lasting c. 25 days; nestling... read more


    No information, but occurrence in large flocks and use of open habitats, which may exhibit... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common, often in large flocks, but a better understanding of each race’s... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Black Lory (Chalcopsitta atra). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).