|At Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain|
(P.L.S. Müller, 1776)
The Red-and-blue lory (Eos histrio) is an arboreal parrot endemic to Indonesia. It is classed as endangered, as it is hunted for the pet trade and has lost much of its habitat due to habitat destruction. The Red-and-blue Lory is now confined to the Talaud Islands off northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. Further populations, some apparently introduced, disappeared during the 20th century from Sangihe, Siau and Tagulandang. The population is estimated at only 5,000-10,000 birds. It is thought to be in rapid decline.
Two subspecies, E. h. histrio and E. h. challengeri, are thought to be extinct due to deforestation. The former occurred in Sangihe, the latter possibly in Miangas Island, but their validity is uncertain.
- "Species factsheet: Eos histrio". BirdLife International (2008). Retrieved 20 March 2009.