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Red-and-blue Lory

 (Eos histrio)

Also known as: Blue-tailed Lory, Blue-diademed Lory

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Red-and-blue Lories are sometimes seen flying from one island to another across expanses of ocean.

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Species Profile

Genus: Eos | Species: histrio

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

150-185g (5.25-6.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: E.h. histrio, E.h. talautensis, E.h. challengeri

Colour Adult:

E.h. histrio: Both adults mainly red in colour; wide purple/blue band on hindcrown; blue/lilac band from eye through ear coverts and sides of neck, meeting dark blue/purple of mantle and upper back; wide blue strip across chest; thighs black; undertail coverts washed blue; red/purple tail. Eye red.
E.h. talautensis: Both adults as in histrio but with less black on wing coverts.
E.h. challengeri: Both adults less blue strip on breast mixed with red; blue band from eye not extending to mantle; smaller in size.

Colour Juvenile:

E.h. histrio: Blue wash on feathers of head and breast; blue on crown reaches nape and to below eyes; less obvious breast strip; thighs dull lilac. Eye brown.
E.h. talautensis: As in adults.

Call:

Screeches and whistles in flight, quiet while feeding.

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More Information:

AvianWeb
Arkive
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

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Red-and-blue Lories
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Red-and-blue Lories are sometimes seen flying from one island to another across expanses of ocean.

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Species Care

Captive Status:

Very uncommon

Longevity:

10-15 yrs.

Housing:

3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) enclosure with roosting box.

Diet:

Nectar made from baby cereal (lactose-free), honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with water (bottled) with the addition of wheat germ, made fresh once or twice daily, or a proprietary type (store bought) for small species; as well fresh fruit such as: apple, orange, cactus fruits and bananas and a few vegetables (corn, green leaves, hardcooked egg, carrot).

Enrichment:

Hanging nectar bottles or cups around aviary, providing unsprayed browse with edible flowers, various chew and plastic toys (non-toxic); provide bowls of water for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

9" x 9" x 27" (22.9cm x 22.9cm x 88.5cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25-30 days.

Fledging Age:

8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Red-and-blue Lories
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Did You Know?

Red-and-blue Lories are sometimes seen flying from one island to another across expanses of ocean.

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Academic Research

Related publications: Eos histrio

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Less than 4000, nominate possibly extinct.

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

Habitat loss and wild bird trade.

Range:

E.h. histrio: Sangihe Islands, Indonesia.
E.h. talautensis: Talaud Islands, Indonesia.
E.h. challengeri: Nanusa Islands, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Forest and cultivated areas; up to 1250m (4100 ft).

Wild Diet:

Pollen, nectar, fruit and insects and flowering coconut palms.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Most commonly seen flying in groups. Up to 8 birds seen. Large numbers gather together to roost. Very vocal at these gatherings.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2

Breeding Season:

March - May.

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Red-and-blue Lories
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Red-and-blue Lories are sometimes seen flying from one island to another across expanses of ocean.

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Related publications: Eos histrio

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