The larger lorikeet (rainbows, red collars,scalies) are highly intelligent and make excellent pets for those seeking a playful and energetic bird. All species are strikingly beautiful with their various colours and stunning glossy plumage. The larger lorikeets make excellent talkers.
Typical lorikeet diet is required. Many quality commercial dry mixes are available from bird dealers, pet shops and bird clubs. The use of wet and dry mix requires daily attention to thorough cleaning and hygiene. Abide by the "use by date" and store according to the manufacturers directions. Special attention has to be paid to the water bowl as lorikeets often deposit food into the water bowl. The wet food mix should be removed from the cage before dark (wet mix left overnight can promote fungal or bacterial growth harmful to your bird). Dry food mix must always be available.
Lorikeets are partial to fruits such as apple and pear. These fruits are crushed in the beak and the juice is consumed and the non fluid portion discarded.
The Red Collared Lorikeet is a sub species whereas the Jade is a colour mutation, you can say they are the designer colours of the bird world
Average lifespan 15 years +Fledge 6-7 weeks. Independent approx. another 1 - 2 weeks.
No two Rainbows are exactly the same usually the differences are subtle, notice the one above has more red colour on his chest.
Lorikeet are great for allergie sufferers, they don't product feather dust they have oil glands. Please Note: if you have a dust allergy please talk to your doctor as with all birds when producing new feathers (seasonal moult) the quill surrounding the new feather disintegrates to dust as the new feather opens.
For those who want a Lorikeet but are put off by the mess, there is a product on the market by vetafarm " Nectar Pellets". Marketed as a natural product to 'stop the squirt'.
Remember it's a process of introducing a new food into their diet and it may take a while to get used to.
Notice that all of these birds have dull coloured beaks, Lorikeets are born with a black beak and it slowly changes as they mature, until it is bright orange almost red.
Baby red collar lorikeet dripping wet just after his morning bath
Rainbows and Red Collars seem similar it's only when you get close that you can seen the difference in colouring (neck, chest and belly)
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Rainbow Lorikeet Hand Raised babies
Having a ball on the playgym