blue lorikeet (Vini peruviana)
Artist François-Nicolas Martinet (1739–1797)
Notes This object is part of the collection Iconographia Zoologica
Source/Photographer Buffon VII p. 141 pl. 455
Old Latin name Coriphilus taitianus
New Latin name Vini peruviana
Common name Nederlands: Saffierlori
The blue lorikeet (Vini peruviana) is a small lorikeet from French Polynesia and the Cook Islands. It is also known as the Tahiti lorikeet, violet lorikeet, Tahitian lory, blue lory, nunbird, and the indigo lory. It was formerly found on 23 islands around Tahiti, but now restricted to perhaps eight islands: Motu, Manuae, Tikehau, Rangiroa, Aratua, Kaukura, Apataki, Aitutaki, and possibly Harvey Island and Manihi.