Blue Streaked Lory

BLUE-STREAKED LORY
Eos reticulata

» Also referred to as the Blue-necked Lory
» Length about 12" with weight about 160 grams
» Range is the Tanimbar Islands and southern Moluccas of Indonesia
» They are considered to be near threatened
» Well established in aviculture
» Considered to be one of the best companion lories because they really enjoy human companionship
» They are listed as 
vulnerable in their wild range

Blue-streaks readily eat dry powder but also need fruits, nectar and germinated seeds.

In the late 1980s, I was told about a horrible bird shop not far from where I lived. When I entered the store, I was appalled. There were several dead birds in the trash because of a serious psittacosis outbreak. The store had over a hundred birds most of which were the normal bird shop species and many of them were very sick. Among these birds were several cages with about 20 imported Blue-streaked lories. They had filthy water in their cages and nothing but sunflower seed to eat. The store owner was rude when I tried to give him advice for feeding the Lories correctly. He didn't like my criticism and told me to get the hell out of his store.  I immediately went to the manager of the shopping center and explained the potential for health problems (psittacosis) to the public plus the financial liability that the owners of the center could have in regards to children or others with compromised immune systems being in the bird shop. I had her talk to my avian veterinarian. She called the company that owned the shopping center and they told her to shut the store down. We worked with vector control, animal control, and a couple of avian veterinarians. The shopping center locked the store owner out that afternoon and I called around and made arangement for the care of the 200+ birds from macaws to finches. It  turned out that a decent bird shop had a large air conditioned truck trailer and volunteered it for the care of the birds. I got several 'bird people' together and they helped me remove the birds from the premises and move them to the truck trailer where they would receive veterinarian care. A local veterinarian volunteered his time to save the birds. Several of the birds died, especially the smaller ones, but all of the  lories survived. Once the birds were healthy, I kept one of the Blue-streaked lories for a few months and he was absolutely delightful. He was one of the best dancing parrots that I have ever met. I had to give him up because he was part of a court case. Technically the remaining birds were to be given back to the store owner but luckily he was presented with bills for boarding and veterinary care that he couldn't afford so they remained with the person that had housed them.The fact that I had been instrumental in closing this atrocious store started the belief among some breeders, etc. that I was an "enemy of aviculture" and I became a pariah to the local avicultural community. This was the first time I became truly aware that some people in aviculture will jump to the defense of anyone who keeps birds even if the birds are kept in filth and are dying from rampant disease. I have seen this tendency quite a few times since and no matter how hard I try to understand their logic, I never will. 




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