The Lory Conservation Network connects zoos, bird parks and lory exhibits around the world with effective conservation programs to save lories. Network participants work with parrot enthusiasts, researchers, local communities and government leaders to encourage effective solutions that protect lories.
Through this unique partnership we:
* Support field conservation and research projects * Encourage habitat restoration programs * Facilitate reintroduction and release programs * Increase awareness of the plight of lories
The impact of Cyclone Pat on the Blue Lorikeet (Vini peruviana) The Blue Lorikeet is a little studied parrot endemic to a few small islands in the South Pacific. It is unknown how extreme weather events can affect this species due to the lack of ecological knowledge available. The future effects of global climate change include a predicted increase in frequency and intensity of stochastic events such as storms, flooding, and cyclones. These types of disturbances can have strong impacts on small, fragmented populations, especially those endemic to islands. The aim of the present study is to assess the impact of Cyclone Pat on the lorikeet population status of Aitutaki, Cook Islands. In February 2010, Cyclone Pat hit Aitutaki directly and caused a significant loss of over 50% of the lorikeet population, leaving an estimated population of just 1448 birds.
Release of Mitchell's Lory (Trichoglossus haematodus mitchelli) on Nusa Penida The Mitchell's Lorikeet is one of the most westerly distributed of the entire lorikeet family. It was historically found only on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali. In recent decades, capture for the pet trade has eliminated all these birds from the popular tourist island of Bali, and has left populations on Lombok very low, possibly with tens to hundreds of individuals remaining on the forested volcanoes there. These report chronicles efforts to reintroduce the birds to the neighboring island of Nusa Penida.
The Distribution and Abundance of Myna Birds (Acridotheres tristis) and Rimatara Lorikeets (Vini kuhlii) on Atiu, Cook Islands The Common Myna was originally introduced to the island of Atiu, Cook Islands, in 1915 to control the Coconut stick insect but it has since become a pest itself. The Rimatara Lorikeet was reintroduced, after disappearing from the Southern Cook Islands almost 200 years ago, to Atiu on 24th April 2007 from Rimatara, French Polynesia to create a reserve population due to there being only approximately 1000 birds left on Rimatara. Due to observations of mynas reportedly harassing and attacking adult and juvenile lories at the nest, an eradication programme was introduced by Gerald McCormack, Director of the Cook Island Natural Heritage Trust (CINHT), in May 2009 to reduce the population size of myna birds. This report completed in 2010 assesses the success of the eradication program and the current population of lorikeets on this island.
Translocation efforts for the Kuhl's Lory
The fossil record and oral traditions show that the Kuhl's Lory (Vini kuhlii) was formerly a native bird on most of the Southern Cook Islands. Until recently, the Kuhl's Lory survived only on Rimatara and in the northern Line Islands, where it was introduced in historical times. It is listed in the IUCN Red List as Endangered, because of its small population and limited distribution. Support was provide in 2008 to enable efforts for a translocation program.
Conservation of the Ultramarine Lory in the Marquesas Islands Endemic to the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, the Ultramarine Lory (Vini ultramarina), is arguably amongst the most spectacular of birds and one of the most endangered species of lories. Support was given in 2003 to a research and conservation program designed to increase our understanding of the species' biology and conservation requirements, and to reverse or at least stabilise the species' population decline.
Search for the Red-throated Lorikeet Working closely with the National Trust for Fiji, in 2001 we sent a biologist to the islands to carry out a survey of endangered parrots in the region. Early reports indicated that a search for the endangered Red-throated Lorikeet (Charmosyna amabilis) would be a priority. Sadly in subsequent survey efforts, the rare bird was not seen, but much information was gained, and further surveys are being considered.