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Ultramarine Lorikeet

 (Vini ultramarina)

Also known as: Marquesas Lory, Goupil's Lory, Te Pihiti (Marquesas)

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Ultramarine Lory
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The Ultramarine Lory is one of only two small parrot species that are blue.

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Species Profile

Genus: Vini | Species: ultramarina

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

35g (1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults small, mainly blue parrots, two-toned in colour; crown dark blue; upperparts dull blue, underparts white with dark blue mottling; dark blue/purple band across chest; thighs and undertail purple/blue; tail pale blue tipped with white. Bill orange tipped with black. Eye yellow/orange.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult but with underparts dark blue; paler sides and flanks; ear covers grey/white. Bill black. Eye dark brown.

Call:

High-pitched short notes given in flight and at rest.  Also described as strong screech or sharp whistle.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
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
xeno-canto Ultramarine Lorikeet, Mark, Todd, XC74574
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, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Ultramarine Lory
© San Diego Zoo

Did You Know?

The Ultramarine Lory is one of only two small parrot species that are blue.

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini ultramarina

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Small, planted area or house heated to 15C or 60F.

Diet:

Nectar - commercial type for small species, or a mixture of baby cereal (lactose-free) and honey, malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily; fruits such as: pear, apple, cactus fruits, pomegranates, kiwi, papaya.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

Probably 25 days.

Fledging Age:

About 8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

Lorikeets.com

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Ultramarine Lory
© San Diego Zoo

Did You Know?

The Ultramarine Lory is one of only two small parrot species that are blue.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Vini ultramarina

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 2000, declining.

IUCN Red List Status:

Critically Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix I

Threat Summary:

All islands where the lorikeets were formerly found have been devastated by overgrazing and fire. Introduced black rats were the main cause of the species' extirpation from some islands. Other invasive species that might be a threat include birds that may transmit diseases, and yellow crazy ants and Singapore ants.

Range:

Restricted to Ua Huka, French Polynesia.

Habitat:

Found above 700m (2296 ft), montane forest. Also has been seen in mixed forest plantations with coconut, hibiscus, banana, mango, breadfruit, and others.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers, and nectar of coconut and banana; buds, breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and mango (Mangifera sp.).

Ecology and Behaviour:

Noisy and conspicuous in spite of low numbers; not as confiding as other Vini sp. Stays at or near top of forest canopy, constantly fluttering from tree to tree.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 22.5 x 18.5mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

June-August

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Article: Jewels Lost in an Ocean: The plight of the Vini lorikeets of the South Pacific Islands
 

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Ultramarine Lory
© San Diego Zoo

Did You Know?

The Ultramarine Lory is one of only two small parrot species that are blue.

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Related publications: Vini ultramarina

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