Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-streaked Lory (Chalcopsitta scintillata)


French: Lori flamméché German: Schimmerlori Spanish: Lori chispeado

Psittacus sintillatus

[sic] Temminck

, 1835,

Lobo Bay, New Guinea


Specific name emended on basis of internal evidence (corrected Latin; ending modified for gender agreement). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. rubrifrons G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is.
  • C. s. scintillata (Temminck, 1835) – SW & SC New Guinea from Triton Bay E to Fly R.
  • C. s. chloroptera Salvadori, 1876 – SC & SE New Guinea E from Fly R.
  • Descriptive notes

    31 cm; 180–245 g. Generally green; bill, skin at base of bill and bare orbital skin black; lores, forehead to mid-crown red, bordered blackish in indistinct patch from... read more


    Not well documented. Calls include rather high-pitched short screeches and piercing metallic notes... read more


    Lowland savanna and forest, disturbed lower montane forest, secondary growth, sago swamps and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar or pollen of Syzygium (without damaging flowers), nectar of Brassaia actinophylla, sago palms and Schefflera... read more


    Apr and Sept; well-grown fledglings in Feb; male with partly developed gonads in Jul. Nest recorded in hollow 24 m up in tree. Clutch size... read more


    No information, but given occupation of savanna, and occurrence in flocks, there may be some... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, often in flocks of up to 30; at one site in SE New Guinea density estimated at 20 birds/km².

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Yellow-streaked Lory (Chalcopsitta scintillata). 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 18 January 2020).