Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Vulnerable

Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana)


Taxonomy

French: Lori nonnette German: Saphirlori Spanish: Lori monjita
Taxonomy:

Psittacus peruvianus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Peru; error = Tahiti

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54459 on 21 June 2018).