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Eos reticulata

Common Name: Blue-streaked Lory

Range: Tanimbar Islands (Arafura Sea)

Eos reticulata
Description
Blue-streaked Lory
  • general plumage bright red; blue band from eyes across ear-coverts to sides of throat; back asked bluish-block and streaked violet-blue; lower and rump with variable blue streaking; flight feather and greater wing-covers with black tips; tail oppressed brownish-black, underside dull red; narrow periophthalmic ring blackish; iris reddish-brown; feet grey; bill orange-red
  • Female as male
  • Immatures as adults, but plumage washed irregularly purple-black; bill dark
  • Length: 31 cm
Location
  • Distribution: Tanimbar Islands, introduced to Indonesian Kai ISlands and Damar, but problem no longer found on Kai Islands
  • Habitat: forest, palm groves, open country with trees, secondary vegetation especially on the coast
Aviculture
  • robust with shrill cry; shy when wild-caught; tame and playful when captive bred; acclimatize at 20 degrees C for over a year; later relatively hardy
  • Breeding behavior: unknown; egg measures 29.1 x 22.9mm
  • Breeding in Aviculture: often achieved; harmonious pairing important; isolate pairs because of extremly aggressive behavior; occasionally feint attacks on keeper; nest box 20 x 20 x 30cml; clutch usually 2 eggs, exceptional 3; incubations 26 days; fledging period 12 weeks; found fed for further 2 weeks; then driven away; provide live food (mealworms, ants eggs) before and during breeding
Social Behavior
  • unknown
Accomodation
aviary 3x1x2m; minimum temperature of 10 degrees C; provide sturdy nestbox; can cause neighbor problems in residential areas because noisy
Diet
  • Lory nectar of fruit, pollen, brewer;s yeast, rice flakes, multi-grain flakes, dextrose and low-fat yoghurt; rusk or biscuit softened in nectar can be offered regularly; plenty of fruits, where possible wide variety but especially grapes and ripe berries; green-food; fresh branches for chewing; small quantities of sprouted seed
  • Natural diet: unknown