Collared lory

One of the few Fijian rainforest birds that has successfully adapted to urban life

JJ Harrison

Collared lory


One of the few Fijian rainforest birds that has successfully adapted to urban life


A vibrant and striking bird native to the islands of Fiji. This small parrot is renowned for its vivid plumage and playful demeanor, making it a favorite among bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. The Collared Lory is easily recognizable by its bright colors and distinctive markings. Its body is primarily a brilliant green, while its head is adorned with a stunning combination of red and purple feathers. This colorful head pattern gives the bird its “collared” appearance, setting it apart from other parrots.

The Collared Lory is typically found in a variety of habitats across Fiji, including tropical forests, coastal woodlands, and even gardens and plantations. This adaptability to different environments highlights the bird’s versatility and resilience. It is most commonly seen in pairs or small groups, flitting through the canopy in search of food. The lory’s diet consists mainly of nectar, fruits, and blossoms, which it gathers using its specialized brush-tipped tongue. This diet not only sustains the bird but also makes it an important pollinator for many of the plants in its habitat.

One of the most endearing aspects of the Collared Lory is its social and playful nature. These birds are known for their acrobatic displays, often hanging upside down or performing flips while feeding or interacting with each other. Their playful antics and cheerful calls add a lively atmosphere to the forests they inhabit. The Collared Lory’s vocalizations are a series of high-pitched, melodic calls that can be heard echoing through the treetops, especially during the early morning and late afternoon.


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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Frugivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No