Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Duyvenbode’s Lory

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This image depicts another of the parrot species that I bred and raised when I lived in Seattle, and that I researched before my NYC postdoctoral fellowship ended. The best friend I ever had was duyvenbode’s lory, in fact. How I miss my lories!

Fourth in a series of images of lories by this photographer.

Brown Lory, also known as the Duyvenbode’s Lory, Chalcopsitta duivenbodei. This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea.

Image: John Del Rio [larger view].


  1. #1 Cairnarvon
    June 27, 2008

    Random trivia: “duyvenbode” is an archaic spelling of “duivenbode”, which is Dutch for “pigeon messenger”.
    As a name it goes back to Willem Corneliszoon van Duyvenbode, who was given it for his part in the Spanish siege of Leiden in 1574, when he offered the use of his messenger pigeons to the city council so they could keep contact with William of Orange.

    Not sure how the guy who named these lories is related to him, though.

  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    June 28, 2008

    thanks for the information. i think that there was a Duivenbode who ran a settlement in the South Pacific islands who is commemorated with this bird’s name. perhaps he gave a bunch of money to a scientist? maybe he shot the first bird of this species to be seen by western scientists? not sure about the story behind the name, either.

  3. #3 Tziporah
    June 29, 2008

    I would be interested in hearing about the Duyvenbode’s who was your best friend. (I love your parrot postings.)

  4. #4 Christopher Taylor
    July 4, 2008

    The bird seems to have been named after Renesse van Duivenbode or another member of his family, who were Dutch traders based on Ternate in the Moluccas. Bird skins seem to have been among the items regularly traded by the Duivenbodes from the New Guinean natives. No less than three bird of paradise species were named after the Duivenbodes, though funnily enough none are currently regarded as valid species.

    I was quite stunned by this photo, actually – the bird has a metallic neon colourscheme that I don’t normally associate with parrots.

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