Blue-streaked lory

Eos reticulate

The blue-streaked lory is a parrot native to the Tanimbar Islands in the Maluku Province of Indonesia. It is an herbivore.

Though both lories and lorikeets are colorful parrots, there are differences:

  • Lories are generally bigger.
  • Lory tails are short, rounded or square; lorikeet tails are longer and pointed.
  • Most lories are red with patches of yellow, purple and green; most lorikeets are green with patches of red and yellow.

Lory behavior and facts

  • Lories live in mangrove forests, coconut groves, plantations, second-growth forests along the coast, and old-growth forests inland.
  • They eat flower nectar and fruit, and visit coconut and sago palm plantations.
  • Males are slightly larger and brighter than females, with larger cheek patches and more extensive blue streaking.
  • Lories are usually found in pairs but are sometimes seen single or in groups of up to eight.
  • Flying birds call continuously. They emit both a shrill screech and high pitched whistle.

From birth to death

  • Little is known about lory behavior in the wild.
  • In captivity, the female lays 2 eggs.
  • Incubation is up to 12 weeks.

Vital statistics

  • Weight: 5.5 to 6.5 ounces
  • Length: 12 inches
  • Wingspan: 6 to 7 inches
  • Tail: 4.25 to 5.5 inches
  • Beak: .75 inch


CITES App II • IUCN Near-threatened

Lories, the Oregon Zoo and you

Along with lorikeets, the blue-streaked lory lives in the Lorikeet Landing exhibit where it enjoys a daily diet of 30 percent nectar, 30 percent fruit and vegetables (such as kale, grapes, apples or cantaloupe) 30 percent bird of paradise pellets, and 10 percent plant flowers, plus novelty items.