Cardinal Lori (Chalcopsitta Cardinalis)
Cardinal Lori Living Areas
It is in the Solomonen Islands up to the East coast of the Bismarck Archipels. In Papua New Guinea, it is common on the islands of Bougainville, Buka, Nissan, as well as on the islands of Lihir, Feni, Tanga and New Hanover. It is possible to come across this species mostly in coconut production areas. As a region, they live in all kinds of forest areas, fruit planting areas, gardens and parks.
Cardinal Loris, unlike their own species, pass in smaller groups among parrot species that pass through the sea between islands. It is a fast flying species with very good maneuverability. They just sing very loudly. In times of nervousness or tension, these cries reach a height that can deafen the ears. They are quarrelsome species that can hardly get along even among themselves. But in addition, they are very playful and active parrots. Except for the incubation period, they gather in groups that are not very large and crowded.
It is about 30 cm in size and it is not possible to confuse it with another lory parrot species. Every part of its body is a very vibrant and striking shade of red. We do not have a chance to distinguish the male and female externally with the naked eye. You can only spot the younger ones by their more dull color. Their lifespan is around 15 to 20 years.
In general, they consume flowers, especially the pollen of the coconut plant, fruit extracts (Fruit Nectar) and juicy soft fruits for this species, as with other lory parrots. In addition, they consume very small amounts of small insects.
There is not much information available about breeding dates and general information. It is not a preferred type of lorikeet as a pet anyway.
It started to be exported in the early and mid 80’s. They were produced in Walsrode Bird Park, especially in Loro Parque Teneriffa. One major problem with this species is that it is very sensitive to heat. For this reason, the temperature should never fall below 20 degrees while feeding.
They make their nests in hollows in tree cavities. It is also known that there are at most 2 eggs once in their incubation.
It cannot be said that it is a preferred breed as a pet. If it is preferred, it is useful to know that you are buying a parrot that is aggressive due to its nature and will not be easily tamed.
In addition, since they love to fly, it is necessary to look at large and semi-closed inner keels that will allow this.