Rainbow Lory

Rainbow Lory


Bali and islands in the Fores Sea, Indonesia, east through New Guinea and adjacent islands, Northern and Eastern Australia and Tasmania


Open forest, woodland, orchards, and towns


Forehead, forecrown, and chin bluish-mauve; remainder of head brownish-black; yellowish-green collar, breast red, feathers strongly edged with blue-black giving a barred appearance; abdomen dark green; thighs and under tail greenish-yellow variably marked with dark green; upperparts green, red bases to feathers of mantle; under wing orange; tail green on top, olive-yellow below; bill orange to dark red; legs greenish-grey to dark grey.


These birds are highly gregarious and fly about the forest in huge flocks, traveling fast and purposefully. They are nomadic, their movements dictated by the presence of flowering trees, and the times of year they come into bloom. Rainbow Lories can often be heard giving shrill, raucous cries that can be very irritating.


Incubation lasts 3-4 weeks. The average number of eggs laid is 2 or 3. The young have a much duller plumage than the adults.

Interesting Facts:

Because of their feeding habits, lories play an important role in pollination. As they rifle the flowers for nectar, pollen adheres to their feathers and gets deposited on the next flowers the birds visit. This is a very effective way of fertilization.

About Our Animals:

This animal is not currently in Hogle Zoo inventory.

Rainbow Lory
Class: birds
Genus: Trichoglossus
Species: haematodus
Length: 11 inches
Average Lifespan: 15
Wild Diet: Nectar and ripe, soft fruits
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed

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