Vini stepheni  North 1908

Stephen's lorikeet or Henderson  lorikeet     


Or according Schweizer it is not Vini but Coriphilus.

Coriphilus stepheni.


Subspecies:


none



Distribution:


Henderson Island in the Pitcairn Group.

It is the most eastern distribution of the loriinae family.


Status:


VULNERABLE. CITES II, it is vulnerable because it lives on a small island, however the population is stable as there are no or minnor treats (Introduced Pacific rats).

There are some efforts to reduce or eliminate the rats, which I only can support. You can read about it in this link.

Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island, with more than 3,500 pieces washing up daily, researchers say. Henderson Island is uninhabited, and lies east of New Zealand and west of Chile -- some 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) from the nearest major land mass. This 9,100 acre (3,700 hectare) limestone atoll, one of the UK's Pitcairn Islands -- is prized for its biodiversity. But it is also littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic.


Description:


  • length: 19cm (7,5 inch)
  • weight: 42-55 gr.


The crown is green, shaft-streaked with lighter green.

Underparts are red with a variable band of green and purple across the breast.

Underwings coverts are red and green. However I have seen 3 photos on the internet which show the underwing, only 1 had also red , the other 2 had only green in the underwing coverts.

Thighs and lower abdomen purple.

Upperparts are green, more yellowish on the rump.

The tail above is greenish-yellow and below yellowish-green.

Bill orange with dusky markings at the tip of the upper mandible.

Iris pale to medium orange.

Feet pink to orange.


Aviculture:


none



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