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Romeo: Unknown sex and hatch date. Acquired by the Zoo on November 1, 2011.
Pluto: Unknown sex and hatch date. Acquired by the Zoo on November 1, 2011.
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The distinctive black cap that covers the forehead, crown and nape gives this lory its name. The rest of the head and neck as well as the upper breast is red. The lower abdomen a dark blue and the wings green above.
Unlike many species of lories and lorikeets that live in larger flocks, the black-capped lory is more often found in pairs or family groups although they do congregate to feed. While in flight, they give a loud musical call that is often repeated. A variety of loud whistles can also be given when perched.
Form monogamous pairs that nest in tree cavities. A typical clutch has 2 eggs which take 25 to 27 days to hatch. The young remain in the nest an average of 70 days with both parents caring for the chicks.
Approximately 12 inches (30.48 cm) in length
8 to 10 ounces (226.8 - 283.5 g)
In the wild, the black-capped lory feeds mainly on pollen, nectar and fruit. At the Zoo, the birds are offered a variety of foods through-out the day. Their favorite fruit is apples and they also love apple sauce. Nectar is provided in both a liquid and dry form and the birds enjoy both. The majority of their nutrients come from the parrot pellets offered as the base of the diet.
Lowland forests and freshwater swamps of New Guinea and offshore islands
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