Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Critically Endangered

Ultramarine Lorikeet (Vini ultramarina)


French: Lori ultramarin German: Ultramarinlori Spanish: Lori ultramar

Psittacus ultramarinus


, 1820,

New Holland?; error = Marquesas Islands




Marquesas Is, in French Polynesia. Probably entire population now on Ua Huka, where reintroduced in 1940s; reintroduced in 1990s in Fatu Hiva, but could now be extinct there, as in traditional sites of Ua Pou and Nuku Hiva, where occasional recent reported sightings could refer to vagrants#R.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Bill orange; forehead cobalt blue, rest of crown purple-blue with slightly elongate feathers; rest of upperparts dull, slightly turquoise-blue, increasingly pale... read more


Calls include a high-pitched buzzy “tzeet” and a similar modulated “tze-zee-zeet”.


Wooded vegetation wherever flowering trees occur, from native forest in hills to coconut... read more

Food and feeding

Flowers, and/or their products, of coconut and banana, buds, fruits of breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and mango (Mangifera... read more


Reportedly Jun–Aug, but bird in breeding condition in Sept. Nest in hollow in tree, a still-hanging old coconut, or old nests made by... read more



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species, endemic to Marquesas Islands EBA. Only extant population found on Ua Huka, a small island of 82 km². Almost... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Ultramarine Lorikeet (Vini ultramarina). 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 22 March 2018).