Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana)


French: Lori nonnette German: Saphirlori Spanish: Lori monjita

Psittacus peruvianus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Peru; error = Tahiti




Society Is (Motu One and Manua’e) and W Tuamotu Archipelago (Kaukura, Rangiroa, Arutua, Apataki and Tikehau), in French Polynesia; also in Aitutaki (Cook Is), where probably introduced; reported in 1999 from Maupihaa (atoll in Society Is), where had been thought extinct.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 31–34 g. Orange bill and legs, white from line through eye to ear-coverts down to breast, otherwise deep purplish blue, with feathers of crown somewhat elongate... read more


Commonest call is a high-pitched trisyllabic “tse-tee-teet” or a similar-sounding “tse-tseeuw”.... read more


Birds occupy any wooded habitats, with a possible preference, perhaps only seasonal, for coconut... read more

Food and feeding

Flowers, and/or their products, of coconut, banana, hibiscus, mango and Tournefortia, leaf shoots of mango, fruit of Morinda... read more


May–Jul claimed, but Oct and Dec–Jan recorded. An Aitutaki nest was 11 m up in hole at base of broken branch of Java plum (... read more


Occupation of areas may be related to food availability; few birds were present in S of Aitutaki,... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Extinctions have occurred on many islands within this species's range, only partly compensated by... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana). 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 23 March 2018).