Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Blue-crowned Lorikeet (Vini australis)


French: Lori fringillaire German: Blaukäppchen Spanish: Lori de Samoa

Psittacus australis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Sandwich Islands; error = Samoa Islands




Wallis and Futuna Is, E Fiji (S Lau Archipelago), Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 47–52 g. Orange bill, grass-green forehead backed by pale bright purplish-blue mid- to hindcrown with slightly elongate feathers; patch from lores and below eye... read more


Commonest vocalization a rather pure, high-pitched whistle, “seee!”, drawn-out and either even-... read more


Forest, scrub, gardens and plantations, wherever flowering trees are present; commoner or more... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, pollen and soft fruit, with a preference for coconut, mango, Erythrina, Elaeocarpus angustifolius and ... read more


Possibly throughout year as records are for Mar, Jun, Aug & Dec (nestlings). Nest a hole in a tree, once a Hibiscus; records... read more


Birds are highly mobile, moving about within islands in search of foods as they become available,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common throughout much of range, including Lau Archipelago, Samoa and Futuna, with... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Blue-crowned Lorikeet (Vini australis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 December 2019).