Phigys solitaries Herbivore Diurnal Status: Least concern
Until colonial times, this beautiful parrot’s range included forested areas of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, and native people of those areas traded its vibrant feathers. Today the lory has adapted to urban landscapes and exists strictly in Fiji where some of the species can be found living in Suva, the capital city.
Its diet consists of seeds, flowers, fruit, and nectar. The lory was first exhibited in zoos in the UK and Australia in the 1940s. Females are slightly smaller than males and have paler crown feathers.
Photo courtesy of Duncan Werth.