Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella)


French: Lori des dames German: Erzlori Spanish: Lori damisela

Psittacus Domicella


, 1758,



Species name sometimes erroneously spelt domicellus, but is a diminutive feminine noun. Forms a species-group with L. garrulus, L. lory and L. hypoinochrous. Described form L. tibialis (Blue-thighed/Jamrach’s Lory) was probably based on an aberrant specimen of present species. Monotypic.


S Moluccas on Seram; perhaps still persisting on Ambon.

An apparently feral population existed on Buru, but is now extinct.

Descriptive notes

28 cm. Mainly red; bill orange; crown above line through eye to nape black, shading at rear to violet; variable yellow band across upper breast; thighs purplish blue; wings... read more


Quite vocal. Voice quite distinctive, with many raptor-like drawn-out whistles and screeches, often... read more


Hill forest, with a restricted altitudinal range from 400 m up to at least 1050 m; densities... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded feeding acrobatically on pendant seeds of rattan and other plants. Generally observed in groups of just two and three birds. No... read more


No information from wild. In captivity: two eggs, size 30·9–31·6 mm × 24·5–25·8 mm;... read more


No information; apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previouslly considered Vulnerable. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Apparently a naturally low-density bird, uncommon to rare on Seram... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicella). 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 10 December 2019).