The Yellow-fronted Lory is a charming bird that mostly lives in lowland forests and partially open areas. Its green feathers dominate its appearance, complemented by a moderately long and round tail and eye-catching red highlights on its thighs, forehead, and undertail.
The magnificent lory is a remarkable bird with emerald green wings and back, measuring roughly 12 inches (30 cm) long and weighing around 6.7 ounces or 190 grams. The adult yellow-streaked lorries showcase black features on the napes, ear coverts and beaks, as well as periorbital skin in black around their eyes and eyelids. Adult birds also exhibit vibrant red coloring on their lored areas, thighs, undertail, underwings and foreheads, along with red flecking on their throats. Their flight feathers display a unique yellow band on the undersides while their bodies are predominantly green with striking golden-yellow streaks. Brown irises complete their mesmerizing appearance, accentuated by the neck feathers forming a spiky “ruff.”
When fully grown, these birds showcase a mostly green coat of feathers, with a lighter shade of green along the shaft from the top of their heads to their bellies. The yellow feathers on their breasts and upper back provide a bold pop of color against the green backdrop. Red accents can be found on their foreheads, the area between their eyes and bills, thighs, and underwing feathers. Although the female has less red on her forehead, it is still noticeable on other parts of her body. Furthermore, the female’s underwings have evident stripes of yellow.
The Yellow-streaked Lory, also commonly referred to as the Yellowish or Glossy Lory, is in danger of extinction in its natural habitats of Southern New Guinea, Western New Guinea, and Papua.
These feathered creatures can be found in subtropical or tropical regions that are covered with moist lowland forests or mangroves. They typically live for around 20 years on average.
Like other lories, the Yellow-streaked Lory mainly feeds on nectar. Its tongue is specially adapted with papillae tufts at the end to gather nectar and pollen. By feeding on different flowers, the lory also plays a role in pollination.
Between the months of April and September, mating takes place among these birds, resulting in the laying of white eggs by the female. They usually create one set of eggs every year, with each nest having an average of two eggs. The eggs’ incubation period lasts around 24 to 25 days. Once the eggs hatch, it takes roughly 10 weeks for the fledglings to be able to fly. After this stage, they progressively become more self-sufficient, taking a few more weeks to achieve full independence.
Given the threatened condition of these creatures, it is crucial that any eligible individual not fit for reintegration into its natural environment should be given priority for enrollment in a closely monitored breeding initiative. These conservation measures are critical in ensuring the continued existence and safeguarding of the species.
Take a moment to tune in to the sweet melody of this feathered creature: