Showing posts with label Lorikeets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lorikeets. Show all posts

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Essential Facts About LORIKEETS and Their Suitability As Pet Birds

Musk Lorikeet.
Photo  by Kiwi~Steve 
Unlike many other breeds of parrot, the lories and lorikeets are specially adapted to live on a pollen, nectar and fruit diet. A brush like a tip to the tongue, long narrow beak and special digestive enzymes are what makes them unique from other parrot type bird species. Small to medium-sized and often brightly coloured there are several species from Australia, which all have similar requirements.

There are over 50 species of lories and lorikeets in areas and countries nearby but only about 7 from Australia itself: 'musk lorikeet', 'little lorikeet', 'rainbow lorikeet', 'varied lorikeet', 'scaly-breasted lorikeet', 'red-collared lorikeet', and 'purple-crowned lorikeet'. I will mention each briefly with pet potential information.

Musk Lorikeet. Glossopsitta concinna.
(green keet, red-eared lorikeet) Weighing in at about 60 grams with a length of approximately 22 cm (9 inches).

The musk lorikeet relies on mainly native flowering shrubs and trees for food and can cause some problems in commercial orchards. In the wild, the musk lorikeet inhabits coastal woodlands and eucalyptus forests, often in large flocks of several hundred.

Very rare as pets in America and Europe but makes a delightful pet in Australia but still not very popular due to government regulations that require a licence to keep native birds.

Little Lorikeet. Glossopsitta pusilla.
(red-faced lorikeet, green parakeet) Approximately 40-45 grams and about 15 cm (6 inches) long.

Like others in the family, the little lorikeet eats mainly fruit, pollen and nectar but prefers to be high in the canopy of trees. In the wild, the little lorikeet inhabits East Australian forests, coastal heath and open woodland, and is very sociable often forming large flocks.

Not kept as a pet in its native Australia and a very rare pet in Europe and America.

Rainbow Lorikeet. Trichoglossus haematodus Malaccans.
(blue mountain lorikeet, green collar lorikeet, bluey, Swainson's loris) 125 grams approximately with a length of about 30 cm (12 inches).

Around flowering trees and sometimes in the company of scaly-breasted lorikeets, the rainbow lorikeet may congregate in noisy flocks of several hundred to roost and eat.

The rainbow lorikeet is very popular as a pet bird in its native Australia and also quite popular in Europe and America. A pet one can be a good source of amusement as they are always playing, and a young bird can become tame quite quickly.

Varied Lorikeet. Psitteuteles versicolor.
About 55 grams and average 19 cm (7.5 inches) long.
In the wild, the varied lorikeet is mainly found in large flocks in Melaleuca and eucalyptus woodlands in the tropical lowlands of Australia.
Virtually unknown as a pet in America and Europe and very rarely a pet in Australia with just a few in captivity.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet. Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus.
(green and gold lorikeet, greenie) About 75-80 grams and about 23 cm (9.5 inches) in length.

Although common in urban areas where it makes use of nectar-rich garden plants, in its natural habitat the scaly-breasted lorikeet will form large flocks, often in the company of rainbow lorikeets. These flocks will travel from tree to tree in the open forested areas of its native land.

A quiet pet bird which is also playful and affectionate and can be taught to talk really well. This makes it a popular species of pet bird in Europe, America and its native Australia.

Red-collared Lorikeet. Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis.
Approximately 125 grams in weight with a length of about 30 cm (12 inches).

Unlike most of the other species of lorikeet, the red-collared lorikeet prefers to abide as a pair or in a small flock. These move around often due to their food source, the eucalyptus flower being a favourite food so they tend to inhabit the open eucalyptus forests most of the time.

Although good pet birds they are kept in low numbers because of availability and price.

Purple-crowned Lorikeet. Glossopsitta porphyrocephala.
(blue-crowned lorikeet, purple-capped parakeet) About 45 grams and around 16 cm (6 inches) long.

Will form large flocks where the food source is plentiful, including urban gardens and orchards. Their natural habitat in the West is in forest areas, whereas in the East they tend to go for coastal heath, mallee and open woodland areas.

Not very often kept as pets anywhere, but a little more popular as aviary birds.
All the above are kept in varying numbers in aviaries around Australia and the Western world, although some are not as popular as pets or companion birds.

If kept in an aviary a suspended mesh floor is best for ease of cleaning - just hose it down - due to the nature of the droppings, a solid floor aviary will require continuous cleaning.

Due to their special dietary requirements, they can prove to be difficult to give the right foods. 

Although the bigger species will eat seed, this should not be their main food but is suitable as an extra to their correct diet consisting mainly of pollen, nectar and fruit. And of course, any nectar-bearing flowers will be most welcome.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Rainbow LORIKEET - Trichoglossus haematodus

Rainbow Lorikeet- Trichoglossus haematodus

Saturday, September 15, 2018

BUSCH GARDENS Williamsburg Review - A Look at LORIKEET Glen, Sesame Street Attractions, and More

Entrance to Busch Gardens, featuring the count...
Entrance to Busch Gardens, featuring the countries flags (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Are you going to be in Virginia any time soon? If so, then you might want to take some time to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This 383-acre theme park features some of the most beautiful sights in the South. Much of its landscaping has a European feel to it. Many of the attractions and rides are based on European culture and myth.

The park features a variety of Broadway-style shows, roller coasters, wildlife attractions, and more. Busch Gardens Williamsburg coupons will help you save on your vacation, so be sure to look for some before booking your trip.

There are different kinds of tickets, including single-day tickets and pass membership options. Those with pass memberships get all kinds of special perks. If you plan on staying for more than one day, check out some of the vacation packages which include a stay in one of the hotels or inns in the area.
Once you arrive at the park, you will find that there is plenty to do and see. If you're interested in conservation, head to Jack Hanna's Wildlife Reserve. This is home to a number of wild species, including bald eagles and gray wolves. Both of these creatures are magnificent and worth seeing up close.

There is also the Lorikeet Glen, which is home to many colorful birds. It's a free-flight aviary with thousands of exotic birds. Some of them might even glide down to say "hello" to you.

If you are bringing some kids along, you will find that many of the rides and attractions are family-friendly. Sesame Street Forest of Fun is one of the most popular areas of the park. There are safe, fun rides here for younger children. Kids can also meet with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street favorites. They can even get their picture taken with their favorite character!

There are some exciting roller coasters for older kids and adults. The Loch Ness Monster is by far the most exciting. Instead of going all the way to Scotland for a glimpse of this legendary lake creature, you can see it at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. This monster is 13-stories tall and offers riders a 114-foot drop, with speeds topping 60 miles per hour.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the hidden gems of the Southeast. In recent years, it has expanded so much that it's now drawing more attention from the rest of the country. No matter where you're from, you should visit this park at least once this year - you won't regret it!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that a Busch Gardens vacation has to cost a lot of money. It's actually the opposite: Busch Gardens Williamsburg discount tickets are available at a low price. Just look at your options for single day passes annual passes, etc.

Monday, July 9, 2018


Rainbow Lory feeding (3)
Rainbow Lories - Photo  by hans s 
Rainbow Lorikeets are colourful parrots that are very active and entertaining as companion pets. This species is monomorphic, meaning both sexes are identical in appearance.

They are approximately 30cm (11.8in) in length. The body, including the back and outside of wings, is green with a lighter green nape. The head is violet-blue with shaft streaking. The abdomen is also violet-blue. The chest is mostly red with yellow markings. The wings are orange-red underneath with a broad yellow band.

They have a specially adapted 'bristle-tongue' for eating pollen and nectar.

As Companion Pets
When it comes to Rainbows, every object and noise will be investigated with great delight and often turned into a game. They are born clowns as they like to be silly and exaggerate their movements. Lorikeets love to play and will often roll onto their backs to wrestle with your hands or play with a foot toy. A lorikeet may decide to hop instead of walk to get from A to B.

As they are so active, Rainbows need to be provided with plenty of toys. They are particularly fond of things they can swing on, make noise with and foot toys. While they like to shred things and occasionally chew, they aren't huge on chewing compared to many other parrot species.
Rainbow Lorikeets need a large-sized cage as they are quite energetic and tend to use every corner of it. They also love water and enjoy a bath or shower nearly every day.

They go to the toilet frequently and tend to 'squirt' their liquidy droppings rather than simply 'squat'. This increases the risk of faeces landing on the walls and outside the cage. Many lorikeet owners prevent this by putting plastic barriers on the wall behind the cage or clipping a sheet to the back of the cage. However, being liquid droppings does make them easy to wipe and clean up.

Diet and Health
Lories and lorikeets are specialised in eating nectar as their main food source. They also require more fruit compared to other parrots.

In captivity, a lorikeet's base diet should be either wet or dry nectar mix (or both). Wet is often preferred over dry, however, a high-quality dry version can be provided and the lorikeet will mix it with water itself (therefore, the water should be placed close to the dry lorikeet food).

Lorikeet food can either be bought commercially or there are a number of recipes for making it yourself, usually composed of baby cereal, rice flour, breadcrumbs, glucose powder, skim milk powder, semolina (wheat hearts), pollen mixture, etc. Lorikeets pellets are also available but are generally not recommended or accepted by the birds.

As well as the base diet, Rainbow Lorikeets should also be feed fruit and vegetables. Native Australian chemical-free flowers such as bottlebrushes are also appreciated. Be aware of foods high in iron as lorikeets are prone to health problems due to high levels of iron.
A Rainbow Lorikeet's lifespan is around 20-30 years.
There are now a number of established mutations (colours) of the Rainbow Lorikeet.

Rainbow Lorikeet mutations include:
  • Greygreen (Olive)
  • Dilute (Pastel)(often incorrectly referred to as cinnamon)
  • Cinnamon
  • Blue-fronted (Melanistic)
  • Lutino (sex-linked)
  • Fallow
  • Recessive Pied
  • "Olive"
  • "Aqua"
  • Black-eyed Yellow (Clear)("Acquired Yellow")(not yet established)
  • Khaki (not yet established)
  • "Mustard"
  • "Jade"

There are also numerous different combinations of these mutations, creating even more variety.
A blue mutation was also found in a young wild lorikeet. Unfortunately, the individual died from injuries due to a bird of prey attack.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Lories - Photo   by    foqus (cc)
I had always wanted a Lory but it seemed to not be in the cards. I visited the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama and went to the Lory exhibit which was very exciting. As I left one hid in my bag and tried to escape with me; little did I know I would have one join my flock. My friend had a Lory that needed to be adopted and we made the decision to have Zara join our home with our other three feathered friends.

Zara is a Blue-Streaked Lory and she is now 11 years old. She is quite the pistol and very animated. When we adopted her we didn't know what we were in for. Though I should have known when I left the zoo and the little escapologist hid in my bag. She has the most beautiful colorings I have seen. She is primarily red with black dispersed in her feathers. She has two dark blue streaks from the corner of her eyes and red with sky blue tips on her neck. She doesn't have belly feathers as she plucks which is now out of habit even though, she is still very beautiful.

There are two species. Lories which have short blunt tails and Lorikeets which have long tapering tails; though this usage can be subjective like parrot and parakeet. They are widely distributed within the Australian region, south-eastern Asia, Polynesian Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.
Their plumage is very eye-catching and colorful. Because they are small and extremely beautiful many people want them. Like any parrot, the owner needs to be educated to Lory's special needs, particularly their specialized diet of a nectar replacement. Their droppings are very messy as it is mostly liquid.

We now have Zara a Blue-Streak Lory living amongst the flock and she is different from our other three as they are hookbills and eat a very different diet than Zara. Hookbills have the ability to open nuts and they eat the seed. It is dangerous for a Lory to eat seed as their esophagus lining is very thin and it could literally rip the esophagus lining and kill a Lory.

As to the diet a Lory eats, it sounds complex but it is actually very easy as they eat nectar, juice, fruit, and vegetables. When I feed Zara I mix her nectar powder with water and the temperature should be around 100 degrees Fahrenheit and made into syrup. She also has dry nectar that is near her water.

Lories have a specialized brush tipped-tongue (tufts of papillae, extremely fine hairs) which she uses to pick up her dry nectar and mix with water. Consequently, her droppings are very messy as her diet consists mostly of liquid.

Zara also eats fresh fruit like cantaloupe, apples, oranges, and berries on her fruit kabob. At night I give her a bowl of mixed veggies. Get the frozen veggie bag with peas, carrots, carrots and green beans. Just take out the green beans and lima beans as they are high in iron and Lories cannot break down iron in their liver. Lories are very iron sensitive. To help break down iron in Lory's liver I give Zara milk thistle (alcohol-free!!). As a treat, I give her one grape and she loves it. When feeding a Lory, always check the iron ratio. Lories are a little time-consuming but the reward is immeasurable!

Lories and Lorikeets are very playful, animated and the class clown. They are very mischievous so they do have to be in a cage when they are left alone. When I leave the house I put Zara in her cage and while we sleep. When Zara sleeps I cover her cage; it gives a sense of security like a child with a blanket.

The Ultramarine Lorikeet is endangered as it is one of the 50 rarest parrots in the wild. The Blue Lorikeet is classified as vulnerable because of the introduction of European rats to the small island habitats in which they live. There have been conservation efforts in relocating these colorful clowns to locations free of predation and destruction.

As I have said Lories and Lorikeets are a very special breed of parrots and require a lot of attention. Keep in mind they are like a domesticated hummingbird only in parrot form.
Lories and Lorikeets are very high-strung and have a lot of energy because the nectar is mainly made up of sugars, their fruit has a lot of sugar and the juice they drink is made up of sugars. They are always on the go. Keeping this in mind they are very enticing as they are small and extremely colorful.

I can leave my other three feathered friends out of their cages when I leave and they will still be sitting where I left them when I get home. Zara, on the other hand, will have roamed the house and needless to say I have to search the house for her.
Zara may seem like a lot of work but she well worth it. I am very pleased she has joined our flock.

Monday, August 21, 2017

LORIKEETS As Live-Ins - What to Expect From Pet Lorikeets

Lorikeets are an incredibly colorful variety of parrot. Their stunning plumage has led to names such as Yellow-streaked, Olive-headed, Black-winged, Plum-faced, Purple-crowned, and Rainbow. If you are considering purchasing a Lorikeet as a family pet you will certainly have added a stunningly beautiful companion. But before you make your final decision take a look at what to expect from your pet Lorikeet, and what it will expect from you.

Lory pair in the rain
Photo  by kun0me 
Personality The Lorikeet is very active and is full of antics both in the wild and in captivity. Their pointed tail and tapered wings give them the gift of flexibility and easy flight. Those with blunt tails are often referred to as Lories. They are easily tamed and will provide entertainment for hours often behaving more like a cat than a bird. Don't panic if you find your bird lying on its back with its feet poking straight up. They often sleep in this unnerving (for you) position.

Implications of Size A small Lorikeet is relatively quiet and does not have the talking ability of the larger Lorikeet. It is more suited for those who live where low noise is a requirement. The larger Lorikeet is quite noisy and talkative and can imitate household appliances such as the dishwasher, microwave, and even a flushing toilet. Larger Lorikeets require an owner who is willing to do regular obedience training to maintain a safe and proper relationship between bird and family.

Cages should be large and uncluttered to allow for proper exercise and movement. The minimum cage size for a single Lorikeet should be 3' high X 3 1/2' wide X 24" deep. Check for a powder coat paint finish that is lead-free, and a cage that is free of brass, lead and other metals that are highly toxic.

Dietary Requirements Originally from the tropics, Lorikeets dined on nectar and fruit and were known as honeyeaters. This exotic diet must continue in your home. Commercial or homemade honey should be given daily, and honey should be removed from the cage before it spoils (more likely to occur during warm weather) or it will kill your bird. Fruits should consist of grapes, apples, pineapple, cantaloupe, pomegranates, papaya, figs, kiwi, and a variety of vegetables. Avocado, new potatoes, chocolate, or any substance with caffeine or alcohol should be avoided as they are toxic to birds. Lorikeets should also have their diet balanced by making flowers such as marigold, pansies, roses, hibiscus, and dandelions available daily. Using organic fruits and flowers will ensure that they are free of pesticides.

Maintenance Lorikeets require a bit more maintenance than most birds because their diet causes them to have a fairly runny stool which they can, and often do, eject out of the cage and onto walls floors and other nearby furniture. Viruses can then very easily attach to these droppings and go airborne to cause illness in your bird and sometimes family. To avoid the spread of disease, replenish fresh water as needed, clean the cage and the surrounding floor daily, and use an air purifier to eliminate airborne pollutants that can cause the spread of disease and infection.