Black Cap Lory
Distribution and Habitat
Black-capped Lories is found in New Guinea and adjacent smaller islands. Their natural habitat is in lowland forests and surrounding secondary vegetation.
The life span of the Black Cap Lory is years 25 to 30 years.
Description and Sexing
Black Cap Lories are a medium sized stocky bird with a short, slightly rounded tail, average height about 31cm. They have green wings, red head and upper body, a black cap and blue legs and belly.
Cap Lory as an Aviary Bird
In larger aviaries, Black Cap Lory mix well with other Black Cap Lories, Moluccan Lories and similar sized Lories. With any birds always be careful when introducing a new bird into the flock as sometimes just like people an individual can have a bad attitude. It is recommend when introducing a new bird into the flock, to have what I call a soft release cage. The new bird is place in this cage inside the aviary and all birds are able to adjust, interact and get use to each other. After two weeks then introduce the bird into the aviary. This should stop the original bird from mobbing the intruder.
Black Cap Lories are quite easily bred and reach matures at 8 month or later.
All you need to do is provide your pair of Black Cap Lories with a nest box fill with substrate, which are avaible from Birdsville.
Clutches consist of an average of two eggs, which will incubate for a period of 24 days.
Sometimes, Black Cap Lories are prone to breaking or eating their eggs. There
may be a number of reasons for this, but most common is a lack of calcium, to resolve this use a calcium supplement in the water, which is avaibable at Birdsville.
The young will fledge in 10 weeks, and are fully mature by 11 months of age. Some pairs
will breed three times in a year. They should remain with their parents for about two weeks before they are separated and hand reared.