Blue–streaked Lory

A blue-streaked Lory is a medium sized parrot. Although males and females look mostly alike, males are slightly bigger and brighter than females.

Blue Streaked Lory

Blue Streaked Lory

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Subfamily Loriinae
Tribe Loriini
Genus Eos
Species Eos reticulata
Blue Streaked Lories

Blue Streaked Lories

Quick Information

Other Names Blue-necked lory
Size About 31 cm (12 in) in length which includes the tail
Wingspan 6 to 7 in
Weight 145 – 155 gm (5.1 – 5.5 oz)
Color Red plumage with scattered blue near the ears and back of the neck; indigo-violet stripe on the neck; red rump and back with bluish black shade on the upper back; red wing coverts with black tips, red and black tail; orange-red iris with bright red-orange beak; black claws with medium gray feet
Distribution Tanimbar islands and Babar in the Maluku province of Indonesia
Habitat Mangrove forests, coconut groves, second-growth forests, and old- growth forests inland
Sound and Call High-pitched screeches in succession or singular screeches; also high-pitched whistles
Clutch 2-3 eggs
Incubation Period 24-26 days
Fledge Time Around 7 to 12 weeks
Lifespan In the wild: 15-30 years
In captivity: 28-32 years
Diet Seeds, fruits, nectar, buds, pollen and some insects
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened
Blue Streaked Lory Bird Picture

Blue Streaked Lory Bird Picture

Blue Streaked Lory Images

Blue Streaked Lory Images

Blue-streaked lory as pets

Cage care and accessories

As they are very active birds, cages should be as large as possible with plenty of toys to keep them amused. Recommended cage size is around 3m x 1m x 2 m (9ft x 3ft x 6 ft). As they are known to squirt waste matter which can make the surrounding areas dirty, it is recommended to place the cages near easy-to-clean surfaces where waste can be cleaned easily. Fresh branches can be kept for chewing.

Temperature

The birds should not be exposed to temperature below 10°C (50°F).

 Behavior

Despite being noisy, they make great pets as they are quite friendly, affectionate and playful. The birds are shy when caught in the wild, but, adapt itself readily in captivity. They remain in flocks while traveling and use their nests throughout the year for roosting.

Blue Streaked Lory Bird

Blue Streaked Lory Bird

Blue Streaked Lory Pictures

Blue Streaked Lory Pictures

Diet

Their staple food consists of nectar and fruits. However, pollen, rice flakes, multi-grain flakes, brewer’s yeast, dextrose, rusk or biscuit softened in nectar can be given on regular basis.

Health problems

They are susceptible to hemochromatosis or iron storage disease. It is important to note that their recommended total dietary intake of iron is below 100 parts per million (ppm). So, they should be provided with low iron content. Sometimes they suffer from nutritional deficiencies as well as bacterial and fungal diseases, chronic depression and pneumonia. Other illnesses include certain contagious, airborne diseases like bad feather/beak condition, misshapen and missing feathers.

Price

A blue-streaked lory costs around $300-$400.

Blue Streaked Lory Birds

Blue Streaked Lory Birds

Interesting facts

  • Blue-streaked lory possesses unique tongues for feeding on nectar and pollen.
  • To some extent, they can talk as they can learn to mimic words.

Video: Blue-Streaked Lory Talking and Playing

References

  1. http://www.oregonzoo.org/discover/animals/blue-streaked-lory
  2. https://www.beautyofbirds.com/bluestreakedlories.html
  3. http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-species/profiles/blue-streaked-lory-2.aspx
  4. http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E007.htm&Pic=007_1.JPG

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