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Blue-streaked Lory  

Also Known As: Blue-necked Lory

Blue-streaked Lory sitting on fence post after rainfall

Credit: © Steve Milpacher

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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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
31cm (12.1 in) 145-155g (5.1-5.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

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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Content Sources:

Busch Gardens/Sea World Adventure Camps

Article "Lories and Lorikeets" by Dick Schroeder

Lexicon of Parrots

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.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.