Vini peruviana P.L.S. Muller 1776

Blue or Tahitian lorikeet                   


Or according Schweizer it is not Vini but Coriphilus.

Coriphilus peruvianus.


subspecies:


none


Distribution:


Society Islands (Motu One and Manua’e) and W Tuamotu Archipelago (Kaukura, Rangiroa, Arutua, Apataki and Tikehau), in French Polynesia; also in Aitutaki (Cook Island), where probably introduced; reported in 1999 from Maupihaa (atoll in Society Island), where had been thought extinct.


Status:


VULNERABLE. CITES II, Extinctions have occurred on many islands within this species's range.

There are few data on population trends; however, the species has been gradually lost from each island where cats, black rats or Swamp Harriers have colonised. A slow to moderate population decline is therefore suspected. Decreasing.


Description:


  • length:15-17 cm (6-6,5 inch)
  • weight: 28-34 gr.


Dark violet-blue, in poor light almost look black.

The feathers from the forehead to the nape are spiky, shaft-streaked and shiny.

The area below the eye, to the earcoverts, throat and upperbreast are white.

The underside of the flightfeathers are darkgrey.

Small eyes who are reddish brown.

Beak, cere and legs are orange-red.


Aviculture:


probably none , or maybe a few illegal kept birds.



Some think this specie evolved from a blue mutation from the vini australis, however from a pairing vini australis x vini peruviana the chicks show both colours, which prove it's not a mutation.



Some more pictures you can find here.


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