Vini ultramarina  Kuhl 1820

ultramarine lorikeet               


Or according Schweizer it is not Vini but Coriphilus.

Coriphilus ultramarinus.


subspecies:


none


Distribution:


Marquesas Island, in French Polynesia. Possibly the entire population now on Ua Huka, where reintroduced in 1940s.

Reintroduced in 1990s in Fatu Hiva, but could now be extinct there.

Recent reported sightings in traditional sites of Ua Pou and Nuku Hiva could refer to vagrants.


Status:


CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. because it lives on a small island(s), and his habitat quality is decreasing. But the population on Ua Huka is stable.



Description:


  • length: 18 cm (7 inch)
  • weight: estimated 40 gr.


Forehead turqouise.

The narrow feathers of the crown and occiput are mauve-blue, shaft-streaked with pale blue.

Rump and uppertail coverts bright sky blue.

Wings and back  is dull blue.

Tail is pale blue tipped with a lighter shade of blue, the underside is whitish-blue.

The lores and part of the cheeks are white, the remainder of the face and upper breast are white and mauve in a unique pattern, with almost triangular white marks on a mauve background.

A broad  mauve band across the centre of the breast.

The abdomen are blue at the base, white at the tip, their appearance is white.

Underwing coverts are dull blue.

The thighs and undertail coverts are mauve.

The cere is orange, also the upper mandible which is tipped with brown.

The lower mandible is black.

Small eyes, with yellow-orange iris.

Feet are orange-pink.


Aviculture:


none


Mutation: 


An albino was collected on Ua Pou (Huapu Island) by the Whitney Expedition 1921-1923.


Interesting read:


Translocation of Ultramarine Lories Vini ultramarina in the Marquesas Islands: Ua Huka to Fatu Hiva


A skin in a museum.

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