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Blue Lorikeet

 (Vini peruviana)

Also known as: Tahitian Lory, Blue Lory, Tahiti Lorikeet, Indigo Lory, Kuramo (Aitutaki), Nunbird (Aitutaki)

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Wild Blue Lorikeet
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The Blue Lorikeet has been recorded foraging for insects on the undersides of leaves, a behaviour quite unlike other parrots.

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Species Profile

Genus: Vini | Species: peruviana

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

31-34g (1.1-1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general dark purple/blue; paler blue on long feathers of crown and occiput; white face to upper breast. Bill orange. Eye yellow/brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but underparts dark grey/blue, no white. Bill black. Eye dark brown.

Call:

Repetitious and high-pitched. Also three syllable whistles.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Arkive
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Blue Lorikeet, Feuersenger, Matthias, XC110899
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Wild Blue Lorikeet
© guignia | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Blue Lorikeet has been recorded foraging for insects on the undersides of leaves, a behaviour quite unlike other parrots.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini peruviana

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Small, planted aviary, with many branches for the birds to climb on.

Diet:

Nectar, either commercial or homemade (mixture of lactose-free baby cereal, honey, and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily); fruits such as: pomegranate, apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits; also sweet corn.

Enrichment:

Provide areas for bathing, provide lots of branches for climbing, swings, ladders and unsprayed flowering branches.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 4" x 4" x 12" (10.1cm x 10.1cm x 30.5cm)

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

2g (0.07 oz)

Peak Weight:

24-28g (0.8-1.0 oz)

Weaning Weight:

22-25g (0.8-0.9 oz)

Specialist Club:

Lory Link

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Wild Blue Lorikeet
© guignia | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Blue Lorikeet has been recorded foraging for insects on the undersides of leaves, a behaviour quite unlike other parrots.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini peruviana

Species Wild Status

World Population:

1500-7000, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Most likely threats are introduced predators, such as black rats, cats, and swamp harrier. Recent hurricane activity has also reduced numbers.

Range:

Occurs on Society Islands and W Tuamotu Archipelago; formerly further afield. Introduced to Aitutaki, S Cook Islands.

Habitat:

Found in coconut plantations or gardens with flowering banana and mango trees. On Aituaki, where introduced, this species prefers mixed woodland with banana trees and coconut palms, plantations with shade trees and tall forest.

Wild Diet:

Birds feed on pollen, nectar and soft fruits, with flowering coconuts and bananas being preferred. Also may take insect larvae.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Relies on the coconut palm Cocos nucifera for feeding and nesting. Are very active. Seen in small groups of up to 10 birds flying between flowering coconuts. Birds can be confiding.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 19.5 x 17.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in)

Breeding Season:

May-July

Related Links:

Cook Islands Biodiversity
Lory Conservation Network
Research: Status and conservation of the Vini lorikeets of French Polynesia
Research: Behavioural observations of the Blue Lorikeet on Rangiroa Atoll...

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Wild Blue Lorikeet
© guignia | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Blue Lorikeet has been recorded foraging for insects on the undersides of leaves, a behaviour quite unlike other parrots.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini peruviana

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