Lories and Lorikeets
Beautiful and unique friends
Lories and Lorikeets are special birds that are different from other members of the parrot tribe.
There is no scientific difference between the two names–only that Lories have shorter tails while Lorikeets have longer tails. There are approximately 55 different species of these birds, but only about 12 are kept as pets. The most popular is the Rainbow Lory.
Lories are different from other parrots in that they eat nectar and pollen instead of seed. Because of their specialized diets, Lories don’t make good pets for first-time bird owners.
Lories are very playful, acrobatic, and curious. They can even learn to talk and many have good vocabularies.
They are also very social and seem to love everyone–they won’t bond to just you. The first time we came in contact with a Lory was at the Lory exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. The Lories are in an aviary where you can walk in and feed them nectar. We didn’t even purchase nectar at the time, but one Lory readily stepped up onto my finger. They are very friendly and it’s obvious that they make great companions. The only real drawback is their specialized diet.
If you are able to provide a Lory with adaquate care and their specialized diet, then this might be the right bird for you.
|Types of Lories|
|Origin||Indonesia, New Guinea, and Australia|
|Size||10-12 in., depending on species|
|Color Differences||The different species range in color from red to green, blue, and black. Many have multi-colored feathers.|
|Lifespan||Up to 20 years|
|Noise||Low–they are relatively quiet, so they are fine to live in an apartment with you.|
|Qualities||Active, curious, plaful, acrobatic, love to bathe, have brush-tongues, need special care and feeding, friendly, outgoing, active, clownish, love to hang upside down, aggressive toward other birds, seem to love everyone (don’t bond to just one person).|
|Abilities||Good–They are capable of talking and many have good vocabularies (their voices are high pitched and clear). They are also good whistlers.|
|Interaction/Time Requirements||Because Lories have specialized diets, this does take extra time.|
|Diet||Lories feed on pollen and nectar, so these need to be a part of your Lory’s diet. A dry powder that mixes with water is now available that makes providing this special food easier for bird owners. Just make sure you change the food often and also provide them with the diet for medium birds as well. Here are some Lory diet products we recommend:
|Supplies Needed||Lories need supplies for medium birds.|
|Lory & Lorikeet Videos|
|“Tootsie Talks Rainbow Lorikeet”|
Video by YourCoffinOrMine08Lories and Lorikeets are definitely capable of talking and this video shows how good of a vocabulary they can have (and how fun they are!)
|“Lori 14 – talking and wrestling”|
Video by glyapikLories and Lorikeets can be very playful and fun. This video of a Rainbow Lorikeet talking and wrestling shows just how playful they can be!
|Lory & Lorikeet Training|
|Lorikeets, like most medium-sized parrots, can be very nippy. You definitely need to know how to train your Lorikeet if you want him to be hand tamed and enjoy spending time with you and your friends/family. However, if you don’t know how to train a Lorikeet, you may have difficulty even getting your bird out of his cage.
For this reason, we highly recommend that you find an effective training program for your Lorikeet. Whether your Lorikeet is new to your home or you’ve had him for years, a training program will always come in handy. We personally recommend the Bird Tricks Parrot Training Course by Chet Womach. You can see many of his videos for free to get an idea of how much he knows about birds and how he can help you train yours.
Below is one of Chet’s videos that covers the first step to stopping your parrot’s biting. This technique is perfect for Lorikeets. This video is a great example of how effective the training courses can be and how they are filled with a wealth of useful information for any bird owner. This video is only the first step in getting your bird hand tamed. We highly recommend checking out Chet’s curriculum for taming your Lorikeet even further.
|Lory & Lorikeet Education|
- The Essential Lory Supplies Checklist
- The 3 Must-Have Perches
- The Best Food For Your Lory
- Find The Best Lory Cage
- Toys Your Lory Will Love
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