Looking for a vivacious, colorful and highly intelligent pet parrot? Look no further than a Lory or Lorikeet. These two birds are part of the same family. The only difference is that Lorikeets tend to have longer tails than Lories.
These birds are playful, flamboyant and have beautiful colors. Because Lories & Lorikeets are such active birds they will require a large bird cage, plenty of bird perches and a mountain of bird toys. These little creatures are full of spunk and personality, so don’t skimp when picking out bird toys.
One great thing about Lories and Lorikeets is that they make ideal family pets. Unlike some parrots, these feathered guys bond with nearly everyone. Certain birds, such as the African Grey will often choose one particular person they like. They will bond almost exclusively with their owner, oftentimes acting shy or even territorial around strangers or other family members. However, Lories and Lorikeets enjoy being around just about anyone. So long as you are willing to give them some of your time and attention, they’ll love you forever.
Originally from Australia and the South Pacific, Lorikeets can be classified into two different groups: Small Australian Lorikeets tend to be much quieter and less vocal than other parrots. This makes them ideal pets for apartment dwellers. Their soft voices are not as likely to annoy the neighbors. The Larger Tropical Lorikeets on the other hand are vocal and noisy. They enjoy screaming and often become extremely skilled talkers. They also live between 20-35 years.
Despite their beauty and charming personalities, Lories and Lorikeets have a few special needs:
• These birds eat primarily nectar and fruits, instead of seeds. They require a special liquid diet, which can be purchased commercially. These special dietary needs usually require extra prep time and can be more expensive than traditional parrot food.
• Because Lories and Lorikeets primarily eat a liquid diet, they tend to have loose droppings which can sometimes squirt outside of the cage. In order to keep your birdcage clean and sanitary you will need to clean it several times a day. The birdcage should be placed on a water-proof floor such as vinyl or tile. Unprotected carpet will quickly become ruined. Since you may have to wash your walls regularly, avoid placing the birdcage next to a decorated wall or one that has wall-paper on it. In addition to cleaning the bird cage, you will also need to clean all of the parrot toys, bird supplies, bird perch and bird stands regularly.
• Since Lories and Lorikeets tend to be high-maintenance pets, it is often best if they are kept in a large outdoor aviary. It is easier to keep the cage clean when it can be hosed off.
• Some Lories and Lorikeets tend to be extremely territorial and aggressive towards other parrot species. As a result, they should not be housed with other breeds.
Despite their special needs, Lories and Lorikeets make wonderful pets. They are fun, entertaining, friendly and enjoybale to watch. With proper preparation and a willingness to go the extra mile, these birds may be just the parrot for you and your family.