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Blue-crowned Lory

 (Vini australis)

Also known as: Blue-crowned Lory, Blue-crested Lory, Samoan Lory, Segavao (Samoa), Hengehenga (Tonga)

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Blue-crowned Lories preening
© By TJ Lin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Usually nests in trees but also will dig burrows in banks, although nesting sites are not confirmed in these.

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini australis

Species Profile

Genus: Vini | Species: australis

Size:

19cm (7.4in)

Weight:

47-52g (1.6-1.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Small mostly green parrot, red on throat and abdomen, blue-streaked feathers on crown, dark orange bill, yellow eye, blue/purple thighs.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but with less red on face and throat, little or no abdominal patch, shorter blue streaking on crown, no purple/blue on thighs, eye brown.

Call:

Shrill, high-pitched and creaky, described as a screech or whistle, while feeding or in flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Wikipedia
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 139878, Blue-crowned Lory Vini australis, Pratt, H. Douglas, American Samoa, Nov. 20 2006, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

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Blue-crowned Lories preening
© By TJ Lin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Usually nests in trees but also will dig burrows in banks, although nesting sites are not confirmed in these.

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini australis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Enclosure 11' x 4' x 7' (3.3 x 1.2 x 2.1m) high.

Diet:

Commercial lory nectar, fruit and vegetables.

Enrichment:

Large chunks of fruit, mealworms and romaine lettuce for enrichment.

Nest Box Size:

L-shaped box.

Clutch Size:

1 to 2

Incubation Time:

23-26 days

Fledging Age:

49-66 days

Hatch Weight:

2-3g (0.07-0.1 oz)

Peak Weight:

50g (1.75 oz)

Weaning Weight:

40-45g (1.4-1.6 oz)

Specialist Club:

American Lory Society

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Blue-crowned Lories preening
© By TJ Lin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Usually nests in trees but also will dig burrows in banks, although nesting sites are not confirmed in these.

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini australis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Population thought to be decreasing due to predation by rats.

Range:

Found in Samoa and Tonga, including islands in Polynesia and in the southern Lau Archipelago, Fiji and Niue.

Habitat:

Found in woodland, coconut palms, areas with flowering trees from coastal habitats to mountains, gardens and cultivated areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nectar, pollen, and soft fruit.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Nomadic, sometimes travelling between islands; aggressive but gregarious, found in flocks up to a dozen birds outside of the breeding season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

1 to 2 eggs, 27 x 24mm (1.1 x 0.9 in)

Breeding Season:

June-August

Related Links:

Research: A breeding history of the Collared Lorikeet and Blue-crowned Lorikeet at San Diego Zoo and Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

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Blue-crowned Lories preening
© By TJ Lin [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Usually nests in trees but also will dig burrows in banks, although nesting sites are not confirmed in these.

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini australis

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