The Black Lory, Chalcopsitta atra also known as Rajah Lory or Red-quilled Lory is a medium-sized, up to 30cm long, blackish parrot with black bill, dark grey feet and long rounded tail. It has yellow and red undertail. Both sexes are similar.
An Indonesian endemic, the Black Lory is distributed to open habitat and lowland forests of Western New Guinea and surrounding islands. There are two distinct population of the Black Lory. The eastern bird population Chalcopsitta atra insignis have reddish face, shoulder, thigh and underwings while the western population and nominate form Chalcopsitta atra atra of West Papua are mainly black.
The Black Lory is evaluated as Least Concern on IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES.
The Black Lory genus contains three subspecies:
Chalcopsitta atra (Scopoli) 1786
- Chalcopsitta atra atra (Scopoli) 1786
- Chalcopsitta atra bernsteini Rosenberg, HKB 1861
- Chalcopsitta atra insignis Oustalet 1878