Dazzling and spectacular, shines the lory family of parrots. They are a splash of bright color with a personality like no other. Lories fill our hearts with laughter and amazement as we watch them perform tricks, clownish antics, and the ability to say some words.
These parrots are known as brushed-tongued parrots. Lories and lorikeets are nectarivorous (nectar eating) birds feeding mainly on pollen, nectar, and fruit juices. This special feeding diet makes them different from most other parrots that are seed eaters.
The tongue is specially designed with a brush like end to make collecting their food easier. This enables them to reach into flowers and feed on pollen and nectar. There are several species of lories and lorikeets. The variation in color and size for each makes them truly magnificent.
The more popular species kept as companion pets are the Rainbow Lorikeet as seen above, the Red Lory, Black-capped, and Blue Streaked Lory.
Lories and lorikeets originate from a wide range of tropical and semi tropical climates of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and various islands in the South Pacific. They are social birds that reside in flocks.
A lory diet consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, lory life nectar, and a small portion of commercially formulated lory pellets. It is important for any lory caretaker to educate themselves on the special dietary needs that are required for this species. A lories digestive system is not designed for large amounts of seed therefore this must be adhered to when feeding a lory parrot.
Due to a primary diet of fresh fruits, it is necessary to remove any uneaten food from the cage within a few hours to prevent bacteria growth. Fresh water should be given twice a day and replenished whenever contaminated. Check out the fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list.
Birds that are paired up should be confirmed male and female through DNA testing. This method is quite simple, inexpensive, and non-evasive. Females are mature enough to produce healthy young between 2 to 4 years of age.
The requirements for a proper environment that will suit the needs of a breeding pair of lories or lorikeets are of the following.; a nice spacious housing environment should be at least 36W X60L X36H to allow room for these active birds.
A boot style or L shape breeding box attached to the outside of the cage or aviary works well. Hens will lay two to four eggs. The incubation period is on average 24 days. Hatchlings can be pulled for handfeeding at 2 to 3 weeks of age.
Chicks should be given a special handfeeding formula that has been formulated to a lories nutritional needs.Babies will start weaning onto fruits and nectar at about 3 to 4 months of age.
Lories as pets are known to be one person birds, therefore it is important to establish a healthy, social bond with all members of the family. These colorful parrots are extremely friendly and entertaining and should be housed where the family spends the most time, usually in the dining or living room.
The cleaning requirements for these birds can be more time consuming due to loose droppings from an all fruit and nectar diet. To help maintain easier upkeep of cage cleaning, we highly recommend purchasing an acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in.
When given the proper diet, housing, and social care these parrots have an average lifespan of 15 years or more. Colorful and enriching toys should be inside the cage to chew and play on. Due to the special diet and cleaning needs of this species, careful considerations should be made before purchasing a lory or lorikeet.