Vini australis J. F. Gmelin, 1788

blue-crowned lorikeet                       

Or according Schweizer it is not Vini but Coriphilus. Coriphilus australis.

The name Coriphilus (Wagler, 1832) replaces Vini (Lesson, 1833, not 1831). Although the change in date for Vini seems correct and can be found in H&M-4 (Dickinson and Remsen, 2013), it doesn't seem to have been adopted. Because Coriphilus has been used since 1900 (at least up to the 1930s), it is impossible to use article 23.9 of the code to retain Vini. Hence I use Coriphilus.




Wallis and Futuna Island, E Fiji (S Lau Archipelago), Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga and Niue.


Not globally threatened. CITES II.

The population is suspected to be in decline owing to predation by invasive species.

Note: In Europe they need a cites document as they are listed on appendix A.


  • length:19 cm (7,5 inch)
  • weight: 40-50 gr.

The crown and occiput are blue, shaft-streaked with sky blue.

Lores, face and throat are red.

Also red at the abdomen,with below a small patch of purple.

Thighs are also purple.

Above green tipped greenish-yellow, underside also greenish-yellow.

The red is green.

Bill and feet or orange.

Iris is brownish-orange.


rare, only a handful are breeding.


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