Salba Nos Lora

 

                                 The Lora is the pride of Bonaire




Bonaire’s native parrot species is known locally as the "Lora". Its scientific name is Amazona barbadensis and the English name is Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot. It's a bird of which Bonaire is very proud. The parrot is only found on this island, along the North coast of Venezuela and on the Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La Blanquilla and nowhere else in the world.


On Bonaire, an estimated 800 Loras live in the wild. That's not very much. And that is why the Fundashon Salba Nos Lora (Foundation for the preservation of the Lora) takes interest in this rare bird.


The Lora is a 35 cm large green parrot with a yellow head and yellow

shoulders. When it spreads its wings, you see beautiful colors: red, blue, yellow and green. Some people confuse the Lora with the native parakeet (prikichi, Aratinga pertinax xanthogenius) which is also green with a yellow head. However, the parakeet is much smaller and has a relatively longer tail.


Habitat and food


The Lora lives mainly in the wooded areas and along

rocky slopes in the north of Bonaire. The Washington

Slagbaai National Park and the area around Lake

Goto is its primary habitat.


Loras often fly in pairs or large groups. They can

produce deafening screeching sounds, but during

the day they usually are quietly hidden in the

shade of tree branches. Outside the breeding season just before sunset the Loras gather in large groups on the so-called roosts. There they sleep in trees or in holes in rocks. As the sun rises, the Lora's awake and loudly screaming take off to places where they can find food.


Life on Bonaire is not easy for Loras. Especially during dry times there is little food and water. In the seventies, several hundreds even starved of hunger. During the dry season the Lora's often flee from nature to the suburbs to find food in the gardens of citizens. Then it is easy to see them. And to hear them, because a couple of Loras make noise for ten.

Early in the morning and late in the afternoon the Loras are looking for food. They love the fruits of native trees and cacti. Also, they appreciate the fruits of exotic fruit trees like mango and papaya.


Nesting and Breeding

The breeding season of the Lora runs from

May to September. They make their nests in

hollow trees, in rock caves and occasionally in

cacti. They lay on average three eggs per nest.

When the female is on the nest, the male keeps

watch and provides food. After about 24 days the

eggs hatch. Both the female and the male feed the

chicks. The young Loras leave the nest after eight

weeks, after which they stay with the parents for

several months.

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