Rainbow Lorikeet Parrots Information
- Common Name: Rainbow Lorikeet Parrots
- Origin Country: Australia (northern and eastern) Tasmania and New Zealand.
- Size: 12 inches
- Weight: 105-130g
- Incubation: 25days
- Lifespan: approx. 15 to 20 or more years. Can attain 30 years in captivity with proper care.
Rainbow Lorikeet parrot is the most beautiful and precious bird. It is a medium-sized brightly colored parrot. The rainbow lorry is a very human-friendly bird but it needs more care and attention than other pet birds.
Lorry bird inspires boots to play whenever their favorite person is around. This is a firm bird, who is normally long-lasting in captivity.
A Rainbow Lorikeet is a very beautiful bird whose size is just over a foot-long from head to tail feathers and its weight is about 105-130gm.
The rainbow lorikeet bird is apparent with its red-orange beak and colorful feathers. Males and Females all look similar to a blue (mauve) head, greenback, wings and tail, and an orange/yellow chest.
Juvenile rainbow lorikeet has a null color feather and black beak instead of bright red/orange which color changes when they grow older.
There is no visible identification in the rainbow lorry as both sexes look alike, the only way to sex this bird is DNA.
Habitat and Native Region
They live in the trees of woodland, rainforests, and coastal areas as well as in well-treed urban areas.
Lorikeet the bird is native to seaside regions of northern and eastern Australia. They recently become established in Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Indonesia.
Lorikeet parakeets can be noisy and the rainbow Lories is no exception. Their voice is a high-pitched tone with a constant bark.
A rainbow lorikeet talking is very wonderful they can learn many words and phrases. Their speech is clear but they are not the best talkers in the family.
In the wild, they feed on honey and pollen from plants and flowers. If you look inside a lorikeet’s mouth, you’ll notice that their tongue is uniquely accustomed to “brushes” on the end to help them pluck this food from the plants.
Provide fresh fruits, fresh green vegetables daily. Please must wash fruits and vegetables before giving them to the bird. Citrus fruits are not suitable for birds as they may upset the bird’s digestion. They need wet or dry nectar food.
These birds also eat flowers, commercially or homemade nectar (from juice). A nutritional diet is very important for the proper growth of birds. Cuttlefish bone is the best Calcium supplement for all birds. You may also need to use Moringa leaf Powder for birds.
On the need for birds, you can also give calcium and vitamin supplements for their good health. Provide fresh and clean water daily.
Food to avoid the birds are Dairy Products, chocolate, avocado, onion, potato, alcohol, and coffee, they are toxic to all birds.
Rainbow lorikeet Breeding
In wild, these birds breed in a hollow limb of a tall tree. Both the male and female work together to create the nest.
Captive, Rainbow lorikeet parrots breeding starts from November to April. They can breed twice in a season. They lay one to three eggs in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for around 25 days and their babies are ready to leave the nest after about 7 weeks.
A vertical nest box should be provided for 10 x 10 x 18 is recommended. The diameter of the entrance hole must be 2.5inches. Must be placed wood shaving in the breeding box. Sexual capability is achieved at 2 years old.
These parrots are very active having a beautiful tail. They need plenty of exercise to maintain their physical health. A lorikeet pet bird needs a large flight cage so they can climb and fly. The minimum cage size should be 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 3 feet tall.
The cage should be hardy metal construction. The bar spacing of the cage should be half an inch. And the perch size 1-inch (square) or 3cm in diameter recommended. Be careful, don’t place the water bowls under perches. Must clean or wash the water and food bowls deeply in a week.
The average lifespan of a pet rainbow lorikeet is 10 to 20years. If you have a bird, keep his environment clean. Provide a nutritional diet to keep him healthy. They may live up to 30 years.
- These birds are susceptible to lorikeet paralysis syndrome, in this condition birds are unable to move their body, legs, wings, or head. They may also lose their ability to swallow or blink.
- Sour crop, a bacterial infection that affects the crop of bird or food storage pouch in the throat. You can avoid this problem with precise cleaning of the bird’s cage, food, and water feeders, or bowls between feeding.
- When the bird becomes bored, ignored, or gets anxious than they prone to feather plucking. So, must provide them a good environment, toys, and physical exercise.
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