Scientific Name -
Weight: 30-300 gm
Size: Approximately 12 inches in length.
Distinct Markings: Overall plumage bright red, primaries black,
secondaries tipped with black, wings red with blue on coverts.
Tail reddish-black, underside dull red. Eye ring bluish-black,
beak orange, cere and feet are dark blue-black.
and Lorikeets are found in Australia, Indonesia and the South
Pacific. Lories and Lorikeets are brilliantly colored, highly
active and playful. They are distinguished from other parrots
by their brush tongue, utilized for feeding on nectar and pollen.
Their feces are more liquid than most parrots and are excreted
in a projectile manner making them messy and often inappropriate
for housing indoors. They thrive in outdoor aviaries. They can
be housed in colonies however must be closely observed for signs
Some lory species make good companion birds (Chattering and Red
lories are probably the best) however most are better suited as
aviary birds. They are often hyperactive, constantly chattering
but not excessively loud and have poor talking ability.
should always be provided with toys, items for chewing and branches
from non-toxic trees. In order to ensure safety, companion birds
should not be allowed unsupervised freedom in the home as they
often encounter toxins or dangerous items. Young birds should
be socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations
such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling
by friends, and wing and nail clippings to avoid fear of novel
bathing or showering is vital to maintaining good plumage and
skin condition. Birds can be misted and allowed to dry in a warm
room or in the sun, or dried with a blow drier. They enjoy bathing
in a bowl or bird bath. They are good fliers so if kept as companion
birds they should have a moderate number of wing feathers clipped
to prevent flight. Clip only enough so the bird will glide to
companion and breeding birds should be individually identified
to assist in recovery if lost and assist in maintenance of medical
and genealogical records. Many breeders apply closed leg bands
when chicks are young. While they present a slight risk of entrapment
closed bands are preferable to no identification, especially for
breeding birds. Microchips which can be implanted into the muscle
or under the skin are a reliable means of identification but require
electronic readers to verify identification. Tattoos may be used
but often fade or become illegible with time. Foot prints may
have some application in identification.
cages should be roomy and situated so that they can be easily
cleaned (hosed out). Outdoor housing is preferred and frequent
bathing is essential to maintaining good heath. Care must be taken
that old food does not accumulate in the cage, on perches or in
feeders. Several perches should be provided.
Span: Up to 15 years however very small species are delicate and
typically not long lived
Age at maturity: 1-3 years
Ideally lories should be fed a formulated (pelleted or extruded
diet) as a basis for good nutrition. Many aviculturists make home
made diets which should be analyzed for nutritional adequacy.
The primary diet can be dry in many species, especially the larger
species, which will help to keep the birds and caging clean, prevent
contamination and spoilage and reduce disease problems associated
with food spoilage. The diet should be supplemented with fresh
fruits and vegetables daily to add variety and psychological enrichment.
Many small species must be fed a nectar. Treats maybe given in
small amounts especially as rewards for good behavior. Fresh clean
water must be provided every day. Vitamin supplements are not
needed for birds which are eating a formulated diet. Pretty Bird
manufactures special dry diets for lories and lorikeets. For Conversion
see our brochure on Converting your seed eating bird to a formulated
Breeding lories requires special attention to diet and housing.
Some species breed well in captivity. Breeding season and clutch
size is variable according to the species. Nest Box and cage size
is also variable according to the species.
Common Diseases And Disorders -
Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease
Bacterial infections often associated with liquid foods
Food spoilage and contamination
Toxins: Many common health problems can be prevented by good
diet, nutrition and routine health care. Routine veterinary
examination (annually) can help you to keep your pet in
excellent health and enhance your relationship with your bird
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