TAHITI BLUE LORYVini peruviana» Also called the Tahiti Lorikeet, Violet Lorikeet, Tahitian Lory, Blue Lory, Nunbird, and the Indigo Lory.» About 5 to 6" in length and 33 grams (the is male often a bit larger)» Endemic to 8 islands around Tahiti but has been extirpated from Tahiti itself and most of the other Society Islands.» Males can be quite aggressive towards hens in captivity» CITES I: Considered to be Vulnerable due to the introduction of non-native predators such as cats and rats and habitat destruction. » Very rare in aviculture. The first UK breeding record was held by the Duke of Bedford (aka The Marquis of Tavistock) a well-known aviculturist and author during the first half of the 20th century.» Too rare and endangered to be available as companions.» Their diet is primarily nectar but they also will eat fresh fruits.I was lucky enough to see these diminutive birds when they were on display at the San Diego Zoo many years ago. I presume that it was a pair in an aviary with a great deal of foliage. I watched them for about a half an hour and during that time, they were very active and seemed to enjoy chasing each other around the fairly large enclosure. The next time I was at the zoo, I was told that they had been removed from public viewing so that they had more privacy for breeding. I don't know what happened to them beyond that but it was wonderful to be able to see them.