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Blue-streaked Lory

 (Eos reticulata)

Also known as: Blue-necked Lory

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Blue-streaked Lory
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Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets have specialized tongues for feeding on nectar. Tiny hair-like projections called papillae form a U-shape on the end of the tongue. When the bird extends its tongue while feeding the papillae soak up the nectar.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos reticulata

Species Profile

Genus: Eos | Species: reticulata

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

145-155g (5.1-5.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults in general red plumage; purple/blue stripe from eye across ear coverts to sides of neck; blue/black wash on lower nape to mantle, the feathers streaked purple/blue; red back and rump, the feathers streaked blue; feathers on wing and greater wing coverts red with black tips; brown/black upper tail, dull red under tail. Bill red. Eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but underparts margined with dusty black/blue; blue mottling on mantle replacing streaking. Bill brown/orange. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls may be prolonged, nasal and screechy or a set of screeches strung together. Also notes that recall that of starlings’ chatters and whistles.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Blue-streaked Lory Survey

Content Sources:

Article "Lories and Lorikeets" by Dick Schroeder
Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Blue-streaked Lory
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets have specialized tongues for feeding on nectar. Tiny hair-like projections called papillae form a U-shape on the end of the tongue. When the bird extends its tongue while feeding the papillae soak up the nectar.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos reticulata

Species Care

Captive Status:

Once fairly common in the 1970s, now is declining in occurrence.

Longevity:

28-32 yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with well drained concrete or tile floor, or suspended aviary over same.

Diet:

Commercial lory nectar or homemade mixture with baby cereal (lactose free), honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily, with wheat germ cereal if desired; fruit such as: apple, pear, bananas, oranges, cactus fruits; and one or more of vegetables such as: carrot, corn on the cob or tinned (unsalted) sweet corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, chickweed; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

Socialization, bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 12" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 30.5cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

12 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Lory Link

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Blue-streaked Lory
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets have specialized tongues for feeding on nectar. Tiny hair-like projections called papillae form a U-shape on the end of the tongue. When the bird extends its tongue while feeding the papillae soak up the nectar.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos reticulata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

100,000 - 500,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

About 3000 birds are traded on the international bird market each year. Habitat loss is continuing, and this, combined with trapping, will probably lead to more declines.

Range:

Found on Yamdena and Larat, Tanimbar Islands and Babar Island, Indonesia. Introduced to Kai Islands and Damar Island, where it has possibly disappeared.

Habitat:

Occurs in mangroves, coconut groves, plantations and secondary forest along the coast; also primary forest.

Wild Diet:

Not available

Ecology and Behaviour:

Habits are similar to those of other Eos species. Usually seen in flying flocks of ten or more birds; flocks are often noisy. When seen singly or in pairs are more shy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 29.0 x 23.0mm (1.1 x 0.9 in)

Breeding Season:

Not available

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Arkive

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Blue-streaked Lory
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets have specialized tongues for feeding on nectar. Tiny hair-like projections called papillae form a U-shape on the end of the tongue. When the bird extends its tongue while feeding the papillae soak up the nectar.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos reticulata

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