A blue-streaked Lory is a medium sized parrot. Although males and females look mostly alike, males are slightly bigger and brighter than females.
|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|
|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 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.
The birds should not be exposed to temperature below 10°C (50°F).
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.
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.
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.
A blue-streaked lory costs around $300-$400.
- 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