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hi again and lorikeet info :)

Hello!!
Sorry i've been away. I've been away on holiday for almost a month

Well travelling i met the most friendly ever rainbow lorikeet in a public aviary (most awesome place! Photos nxt week). I fell in love and now i want to know more about them as a pet.
So please! Tell me all.

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What would you like to know? I have two 'rainbow' lorikeets. I have a Swainson's called Pip and a green naped called Lory. They're both rescues I also have a yellow streaked lory, black capped lory and up until recently a dusky lory. There's a small handful of us lory folk on here though so I'm sure we can answer anything!
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Well... I'd actually like to seriously consider a rainbow lory as my next bird the big parrots i want aren't sensible currently so i'm looking a bit smaller
I'll type some questions:
1. What do they eat? I've read it's pollen/nectar vs. seeds?
2. Personality in general? Are they people birds? One person birds or everybody birds?
3. How much human interaction should they have daily?
4. Are they playful: with toys etc?
5. Do they need a lory companion or are they fine kept single?
6. Would they ever be able to have supervised outtime with cockatiels in the same room?
7. Are they notoriously violent: biting, agressive etc?
8. Cage size recommendation? Recommend a good size for them to spend several hous in a day (when i'm at school). I don't want it cramped and unstimulated!
9. Does it mimic, talk, or whistle easily?
10. What toys/perches do they need?

There's plenty of questions thanks Daisy (and anyone else)

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You forgot to ask:

How messy are they?

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1) wet Lory mixes with plenty of fresh foods
2) extremely fun, bouncy birds with loads of love to give. Tend to love everybody
3) quite a bit but can entertain themselves if you provide them with enough stimulation
4) most definitely. They adore plastic toys
5) they can be kept single but I think two are better than one. YouTube them playing, they are like puppies together. They also remain tame either with each other
6) at your own risk. They are too much for other birds usually as they play different but can be very fast and have a beak like a razorblade. I wouldn't let mine out with others. Darwin my black capped Lory often tried to attack other birds until I decided he couldn't even be in the same room when they were out
7) yes and no. They are VERY mouthy and what can seem like aggression is probably just them playing (which will make you bleed) but you WILL know when they're being nasty. They turn very fast though!
8) as big as you can go
9) yes! All of mine talk fluently
10) no different to any other birds but things that are plastic go down well bottle caps are appreciated
11) YES they are extremely messy!
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You won't believe this but I just spent 20 minutes typing an answer to you and my computer crashed and lost everythig.

But everything Daisy has said. But I will add they love to bath so you need to keep the water up to them. They will bath summer or winter, hot or cold, day or night. And everything in a radius of about 6 feet will also get splashed. And they can soak themselves with every type of water container including hamster bottles. They will stick their tongue up into the tube to raise the ball and stand under it.

With toys I also use the cardboard centre from the toilet roll and empty soda cans. They also like to have a swing. And they can really get mobile with with swing. Just like a little kid who wants go go higher and higher on a swing.

You can also give them their lory food dry, but make sure it is a complete. Over here we have a couple of brands that have 2 mixes, one wet and one dry. If I was using one of those as a dry I would not use the dry mix but the wet and not put water in it. The dry mixes are usually only used if you can't give them wet one day they are not going to go hungry, these mixes do not have the variety of ingredients that the wet mixes have. I make my own and it can be used both wet or dry.
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Bathing is a biggy. Mine have a bath every day!
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That's too bad, Kate!
I just recently acquired my first lory, Phoebe, and let me tell you, she is a handful! But I love her to death!




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I don't own a lory, but there is a rainbow lory at the local bird shop here and he's really funny. He likes to meow at people as they walk by and his vocabulary is very impressive! But the owner does complain about the mess he makes. :P

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Many people cannot handle Lory's. But once you get hooked on them you just cannot be without them. They are just such great birds. Personality Plus.

Phoebe is very beautiful Abby.
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Many people cannot handle Lory's. But once you get hooked on them you just cannot be without them. They are just such great birds. Personality Plus.

Phoebe is very beautiful Abby.
Thank you, Kate!! I love her. I didn't expect to be keeping her long-term... I thought it was more of a foster situation. But I've really fallen in love with her. When I first learned about lories, I was like, "Oh, no! Those are NOT for me! I'm never getting one of those!" But now that I've actually owned one, it is a lot different, and it has been a great experience for me.




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Thanks guys! What sort of mess? And they sound like quite high maintenance - more so than other larrots - is that true?

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Also - on a scale of 1-10 do you rank them as a good family pet?
And how noisy? Noisier than a cockatiel?

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Definitely noisier than a cockatiel. I suggest definitely doing some research first! They require feeding of nectar/lory mix a few times a day and they spray their poop.




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The mess is from the poop. It's very, very wet and it gets on the walls a lot. On a scale of 1/10 for being a family pet? 20! If you can handle them they're are pretty noisy birds though. Jake is my most high pitched bird and it can be heard over a long distance!


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Yeah all of the above. What I suggest is to get a sheet of plastic (like a drop sheet uesed when painting) and attach it to the wall behind them. The plastic is much easier to clean. Same with floor unless you have a tiled or vinyl floor. The poop is not that hard to clean off but they can poop in any direction.

In actual fact the runnier their poop usually means they are not absorbing as much nourishment out of their food as they should be. This was told to me by one of our Lory experts over here. And I found that with the food I make their poop is not as runny as it was using the major brands that were on the market at the time. But it is still pretty runny. Sorry can't give you the formula as it is a secret, a couple of companies have tried to steal it. The birds do really well on it and at our biggest bird show in the state I was unbeaten in the Rainbow class for the first 4 years I was making it. Even having more than one bird in the class my birds would win all the places, so 6 birds in the class and I got the top 4 birds.

And yes they are loud. But not really all the time. I don't think they are any noisier than Indian Ringnecks.

If you fall in love with Lory's you are quite prepared to put up with any of their faults as they are just such great birds. Their is nothing to compare with a Lorikeet tongue down your ear.
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They sound wonderful! Oh i want one so bad
The thing is i need to choose a bird that is good for my family. And they're not a fan of heaps of bird noise. Bjorn whistling EVERY dinnertime is quite enough! And mum's not a fan of poop everywhere sadly it sounds a bit difficult. If the poop went on your clothes or couch could you wipe it off or not?
Also would a single lorikeet need to be kept in the main living part of the house? WHat about a paur?

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They could be kept anywhere as long as they have something to keep them occupied. Mine have their own bird room as of present The poop isn't hard to get off most things if you get it up straight away but I've found it can dry fast and when it dries it can be a pain to scrub off. I've had to take Darwin's cage apart a few times. It's why I want them to be in aviaries. I think it would be easier to maintain at least! It's not too bad though, just keep on top of it. Clean daily to make it easier on yourself. You can buy Poop-Off wipes though and I think that would come in handy if they don't like poop everywhere. They do poop frequently, I will add. They go as often as say a budgie, if more often. It can be annoying but it's only a little fault in comparison to what they give you back

Yeah the poop isn't supposed to be runny, but it's very wet if my birds have had more fruit on days then it will be more clear but if they've had more of their mix it will be thicker and an almost beige colour. I've found it varies from the different foods I've tried

Honestly, they ARE worth it. If there are things you like about the lories/lorikeets though and you don't feel like your family would be up to having one around then consider a caique
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Thanks for all the info!!! If it was just me i'd get one! But i'll talk to my family and see.. Would it cope being kept in my bedroom?
Unfortunately caiques are ultra rare and too expensive in my part of town

What other species would you reccomend? I want something interactive, not too loud, not too messy. I guess similar character traits to a cockatiel, except i'd like to branch out and try a different soecies. I lookex into quakers and gccs but they seem notorious for shrieks. I considered lovebirds but i'd like something a tad bigger. I'm runninfg our of ideas ringnecks? Any suggestions are welcome!


Thanks daisy and kate! It must be annoying answering ALL my questions but you are the best people to ask

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Quaker parakeet noises are hellish at the best of times in my honest opinion. Don't get me wrong, I would love one! But when they screech they really do screech

It's a shame caiques are so hard to get hold of because if you wanted the playfulness of a lorikeet but less mess and everything they'd of made a pretty good choice! I recommend Alexandrine parakeets, personally. Very mellow and laid back. Although they're a large bird, they are extremely sweet. The can be loud but I've found they're fairly quiet for the most part. They're not cuddly, but they don't mind being pet however they are still interactive! They can be independent and don't mind being left alone. Their only 'con' is that they are large, oh and that they are big chewers! You'll need some nice thick wood toys. I don't recommend a ringneck. Most people see the ones on YouTube and fall in love but end up with a fairly hard to work with parrot

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