Blue-streaked Lories (Eos reticulata)

Lories and Lorikeets: Overview (Naming, Range and Description)

Blue-streaked Lorikeets


Blue-streaked Lorikeet

The Blue-streaked Lories (Eos reticulata) are endemic to the Tanimbar Islands in the Maluku Province in Indonesia.

These parrots were also introduced to Barbar, Damar and Kai Islands; however, may again be extinct on these islands.

Within their range, they inhabit mangroves, forests, coconut groves and plantations.

These energetic and social birds typically travel in flocks and use their nests for roosting throughout the year.


Status in the Wild

This species is highly endangered in its natural habitat and its numbers are declining due to trapping and deforestation. Therefore, the Blue-streaked Lories are listed as CITES I; and due to their protected status, they are no longer being shipped to the U.S.A

These affectionate birds are popular pets which puts them at risk of extinction, as adults are commonly caught for the illegal pet trade, and chicks are taken from their nests. Laws are in place, but enforcement presents challenges.

Due to their critically endangered status, birds should be allowed to remain in their natural habitat. Those that cannot be released back into their native range should be placed into a well-managed breeding program to ensure the continued survival of this species.


Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ???? … Czech: Lori cárkovaný, lori ?árkovaný… Danish: Blåstreget Lori … Dutch: Blauwgestreepte Lori … Estonian: tanimbari nestepapagoi … Finnish: tanimbarinluri, Viiruluri … French: Lori à raies bleues, Lori réticulé, Lori strié bleu … German: Strichellori … Indonesian: Nuri Tanimbar … Italian: Lori reticolato, Lori strieblu … Japanese: aosujihiinko … Norwegian: Blåstripelori … Polish: lora kreskowana … Russian: ???????? ??????? ???? … Slovak: lori škvrnitý … Spanish: Lori de las Tanimbar, Lori Reticulado … Swedish: Blåstreckad lorikit

Blue-streaked Lories feeding


Blue-streaked LoriesDescription:

The Blue-streaked Lory is a medium-sized parrot that measures about 12 inches or 31 cm in length (including the long tail) and weigh between 5.1 – 5.4 oz (145 – 155 g).

The plumage is mostly red, except for the:

  • bright blue streaks on the sides of the face (from the eyes to the “ear coverts” to the side of the neck)
  • blue streaks on the mantle and hind neck
  • brown-black upper tail and dull red under tail
  • black markings on the wings.

Like other lories, they have unique “brush” tipped tongues that evolved for their staple diet of nectar and fruit. Adults have orange-red eyes and red beaks.

Males and females look alike.

Juveniles resemble the adults; except the plumage below is dusty black / blue edged. The blue mottling on the mantle of the adult is replaced with streaks in immature birds. The bill is orange / brown and the eyes are brown.


Calls / Vocalizations

The voice of the Blue-streaked Lory is usually softer than other parrots, except when alarmed or bored. Their voice ranges from prolonged, loud, piercing whistles and metallic “pings” to soft, high-pitched warbles and chattering. Their calls are reminiscent to the starlings’ chatters and whistles.

Bebo - blue streak lory

Blue-streaked Lories

Blue-streaked LoriesTaxonomy:

Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Eos … English: Red Lory … Dutch: Rode lori … German: Rotloris … French: Lori rouge

Species: Scientific: Eos reticulata … English: Blue-streaked Lory … Dutch: Blauwgestreepte Lori … German: Blaustrichellori … French: Lori strié bleu

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