Rainbow Lorikeets are very sweet natured and vibrantly brilliant birds.They have long life.They love to be in the midst of the action.This bird loves to play whenever its favorite person is around.This bird is not shy.It will let you know when it wants attention.If you are searchong for a laid -back bird then this bird is not right choice for you.
Origin and History
The rainbow lorikeet is native to coastal regions from northern Queensland to Southern Australian along the eastern coastline. Colonies of rainbow lorikeets have since established in Perth in western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. The rainbow lorikeet lives in the trees of the rainforest, the bush, and the woodlands. Rainbow lorikeets can fly up to 40 miles per day to search food. They usually fly in noisy flocks of one or two dozen birds.
Rainbow Lorikeets are known for their friendly personalities.These birds are easy to socialize and value cooperation with their human keepers.Alway hand feed Rainbow Lorikeets during their training.In this way they may be less nippy and will become acclimated to human touch.
This bird is very intelligent so it is also a capable escape artist.That is why always lock the cage door.
Most lories get along well with other bird species, but they can be very territorial and can become very jealous.They can become cruel with birds of their species .They should never be left unsupervised with other birds.
Rainbow Lorikeet Colors and Markings
They are the most colorful bird species.Rainbow Lorikeets faces and bellies support a deep blue plumage with green feathers on thier wings,heads and backs.Their breast color is bright red and orange on the sides.Their feet are dark grayish black.
It is very difficult to differniate males and females by appearance.To find sex,bird requires genetic testing or a surgical sexing process.
Caring for a Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet are excellent pets for those people who have time to spend with them.They love to play .They also like to play with alot of toys to keep their minds and beaks busy.
The cage size requirement for this bird is four feet long by two feet wide and three feet tall.Cage must be strong material like meta.As wooden cages can be torn apart by their beaks .
When finding a locations for a lorikeets cage,it is must to put the cage in a place where there is no carpet and the floors and walls can be cleaned easily.Some people put plastic lining on their walls to protect walls due to bird droppings.This bird is so smart ,it can be potty trained potty trained too.
As lorkittes normally eat sugarly nectars that are prone to bacterial growth.So clean their food containers withi two hours of feeding to avoid bacterial infections.
Ordinary Health Issues
Rainbow lorikeets are prone to lorikeet paralysis syndrome, a situation in which birds are unable to move their body, wings, legs, or head. They also lose their ability to blink and swallow. The cause is unknown.
Most intelligent bird species are prone to feather plucking when a bird becomes bored, feels neglected, or gets anxiety. Although lorikeets are not primarily known for feather plucking, rainbow lorikeets can get depressed if they do not get enough physical and mental exercise.
Sour crop, is a bacterial infection that affects the bird’s crop or food storage pouch in the throat area of the bird’s digestive tract. You can prevent this problem with thorough cleaning of the bird’s cage, food cups, and water cups between feedings.
Diet and Nutrition
Lorikeets survive in the wild mainly on nectar and flower pollen. If you examine a lorikeet’s mouth, you’ll find that their tongues have uniquely adapted “brushes” on the tips to help them harvest these foods from the plants in their environment.
In custody, lorikeet owners feed their pets with commercially available or homemade nectar mixtures, which must be prepared fresh twice or thrice times a day. Begin by offering 1/4 cup per feeding—give more if they finish quickly and are looking for more. These birds are usually eating for at least three hours throughout the day.
Supplement a pet lorikeet’s diet with treats like oats, fresh fruit, edible organic flowers, and green vegetables twice daily. Avoid citrus fruits; they may upset the bird’s digestion. Discard any uneaten food after three to four hours. Provide fresh water every day.
Never give this bird a seed or pellet mix. These hard foods can destroy this bird’s delicate brush-like tongue. Don’t give foods like avocado, chocolate, coffee, rhubarb, and alcohol.As they are toxic to all birds
Rainbow lorikeets are active birds, so they need plenty of exercise to maintain their health. A lorikeet needs a large cage so that they have enough room for flying.This bird needs a minimum of 3 to 4 daily hours of supervised, out-of-cage playtime for good physical and emotional health.
Rainbow lorikeets love to play and need to be provided with alot of toys to keep their minds and beaks busy. They are avid chewers. Sostore up on destructible toys made of safe woods so that their beaks can get good exercise.
Where to Adopt or Buy a Rainbow Lorikeet
Look into local lorikeet breeders and get an appointment to meet with them and their birds to check if you think you could handle day-to-day living with a lorikeet in your household. They can cost from $500 to $1,500. Rescues, adoption organizations, and breeders where you can find rainbow lorikeets include:
A healthy lorikeet will be active and with smooth feathers. Make sure that the beak is clean, the eyes clear and bright, and that there are no broken feathers. Feet should be clean, and nails should not be too long.