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Kuhl’s Lorikeet

 (Vini kuhlii)

Also known as: Kuhl's Lory, Kuhl's Ruffed Lorikeet, Ruby Lorikeet, Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Rimatara Lorikeet

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Wild Kuhl's Lorikeet foraging
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Queen Tamaeva III in 1900 put in measures prohibiting the exporting, exploiting or harming the lorikeets in any way.

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Species Profile

Genus: Vini | Species: kuhlii

Size:

19cm (7.4 in)

Weight:

55g (1.9 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults green upperparts, turning to green/yellow on lower back to flanks and tail coverts; dark green crown, the longer feathers streaked with paler green; dark blue occiput, the longer feathers streaked with lilac/blue; red face and breast to abdomen; purple thighs; red tail. Bill deep orange. Eye red.

Colour Juvenile:

Underparts dull red, with feathers margined grey/purple. Bill dusky brown. Eye brown.

Call:

Call is described as shrill croak or screech.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

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Wild Kuhl's Lorikeet foraging
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Did You Know?

Queen Tamaeva III in 1900 put in measures prohibiting the exporting, exploiting or harming the lorikeets in any way.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini kuhlii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

7 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Kuhl's Lorikeet foraging
© Peter Odekerken | www.parrotimages.com.au

Did You Know?

Queen Tamaeva III in 1900 put in measures prohibiting the exporting, exploiting or harming the lorikeets in any way.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini kuhlii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

< 2000, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Exploitation for this species' red feathers resulted in its prehistoric extinction on the Cook Islands. A significant modern threat on other islands is the black rat, Rattus rattus.

Range:

Rimatara in the Austral Island group of French Polynesia; Tabuaran and Teriana in the Kiribata Island nation, and most recently, re-established on the island of Atiu in the Cook Islands.

Habitat:

Found in mixed horticultural woodland, forested valleys growing coconuts, and village gardens.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nectar and pollen, preferring coconut palms and banana flowers, and frequently coffee plants. Up to 12 species of plant utilitised on Rimatara.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds are seen in pairs or small flocks of up to 12 birds; is often seen flying above tree tops.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Usually 2 eggs.

Breeding Season:

January-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Cook Island Biodiversity Database

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Wild Kuhl's Lorikeet foraging
© Peter Odekerken | www.parrotimages.com.au

Did You Know?

Queen Tamaeva III in 1900 put in measures prohibiting the exporting, exploiting or harming the lorikeets in any way.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini kuhlii

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