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Collared Lorikeet

 (Phigys solitarius)

Also known as: Collared Lory, Solitary Lory, Ruffed Lory, Fijan Lory, Kula (Fiji)

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Collared Lorikeet, San Diego Zoo
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Red feathers from the Collared Lorikeet have been used by Samoans and Tongans to decoratively edge woven mats.

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Species Profile

Genus: Phigys | Species: solitarius

Size:

20cm (7.8 in)

Weight:

75-85g (2.6-3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults forehead, lores and crown dark purple, paler and more blue in the female with hindcrown washed green; elongated feathers of nape yellow/green, widely tipped with red; wings and back green, becoming yellow/green on rump; cheeks and ear coverts to throat and upper abdomen red; thighs and lower abdomen dark purple. Bill dark orange. Eye orange/red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult but with breast and upper abdomen faintly barred blue/purple; hindcrown and occiput dull purple, the feathers margined green red at tips minimal or absent. Bill brown. Eye pale brown.

Call:

Noted as shrill and screechy two-notes, the second note drawn out more than the first. Single shriek sometimes uttered while perched.

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Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 139733, Collared Lory Phigys solitarus, Pratt, H. Douglas, Fiji, Nov. 12 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

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Collared Lorikeet, San Diego Zoo
© DerekL123 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Red feathers from the Collared Lorikeet have been used by Samoans and Tongans to decoratively edge woven mats.

Academic Research

Related publications: Phigys solitarius

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not commonly kept.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Indoor aviary 12' x 6' x 6' (3.6 x 1.8 x 1.8m).

Diet:

Commercial or homemade nectar; fruits and vegetables may be offered. May take mealworms and hard boiled eggs. Offer commercial kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide flowering branches as food and enrichment. Love to bathe. Do best in a colony environment.

Nest Box Size:

Hollow nest log. Vertical box 6" x 6" x 24" (15cm x 15cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

1 or 2

Incubation Time:

About 30 days.

Fledging Age:

About 9 weeks old.

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Collared Lorikeet, San Diego Zoo
© DerekL123 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Red feathers from the Collared Lorikeet have been used by Samoans and Tongans to decoratively edge woven mats.

Academic Research

Related publications: Phigys solitarius

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Trapped for red feathers.

Range:

Found on the larger islands of Fiji Group, including northern Lau Archipelago.

Habitat:

Found up to 1200m (3936 ft). Occurs mainly in lowlands in humid forest, forest edge, plantations and second growth. May also be found in areas with flowering trees such as gardens.

Wild Diet:

Utilizes a variety of flowers including coconut palm and drala (Erythrina indica), also fruit including mango.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are conspicuous and noisy. Found in pairs or small groups of five to fifteen individuals, but have been seen in flocks of up to 50.

Clutch and Egg Size:

1 or 2 broadly elliptical eggs, 26.0 x 22.0mm (1 x 0.8 in)

Breeding Season:

From August onward.

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Wikipedia

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Collared Lorikeet, San Diego Zoo
© DerekL123 [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Red feathers from the Collared Lorikeet have been used by Samoans and Tongans to decoratively edge woven mats.

Academic Research

Related publications: Phigys solitarius

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