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].
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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Duyvenbode's Lory

  1. Cairnarvon says:

    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. 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. Tziporah says:

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

  4. 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.