Phigys solitarius Suckow, 1800

Collared lorikeet or Solitary lorikeet (or lory)       


Subspecies:


none


Distribution:


Fiji, except the southern part of the Lau Archipelago


Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II, least concern.

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Description:


  • length: 20 cm (8 inch)
  • weight: 74-84 gr.


Forehead,and first part of the crown indigo blue.

Crown, back of the head and lores are deep purple (almost black).

Also the thighs and abdomen are deep purple.

The nuchal ruff is long elongated bright green.

The red feathers of the mantle are also elongated.

Wings darkgreen.

Rump light green.

Underwing coverts, tail and undertail coverts are green.

An irregular spot of dull-yellow on the tail feathers.

All the rest is red.

The bill at the base yellowish-orange, the tip orange.

Iris is orange.

Feet are salmon.


Sexual dimorphism:


In young birds no or almost no difference, however sometimes it is also visible even in the nest.

In adult birds it is easier to see.

Female back of the head is deep purple tinged with green. A male is not tinged with green.

A male separate (or almost separate) the green collar with the deep purple in the back. The deep purple at the back of the head is more in a tip in a male, more rounder in a female. (see photos).

However best DNA sexing them to be 100% sure because not always is the difference very good visible. (Gerhard Hinz pers. comm.).


Aviculture:


uncommon, I see the last years lesser offspring for sale, but some are still breeding good with it, so certainly not lost, yet.



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