Male yellow-bibbed lory, Lorius chlorocercus, April 2008.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].
This parrot is a lory. Lories are a group of nectar-feeding parrots that are from islands in the south Pacific Ocean. This particular species originates on the Solomon Islands. When I lived in Seattle, I had a flock of 8 species (30 individuals) of lories that I bred, raised and trained for most of my life, and I studied the evolution of the lories for my postdoctoral work. When I left Seattle to pursue my postdoctoral work, I gave up all of my lories, except for a few birds, like this one, which I brought with me to NYC.
I hand-raised this particular bird from a fluffy, blind chick that was so small he could sit on top of a quarter. Now he is a little larger than an American robin, and weighs roughly 130 grams.