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Lorikeet for Christmas :)

After a while of thinking on it my mum has finally said that I can get another Lorikeet as a friend for Bluey and we've agreed that it can be my Christmas present. I'm so excited and I get to pick what one I want.
I've got a spare cage, toys and bowls, so will mostly be prepared, will get the rest soon. All I need to do is tell my mum when I've found the perfect little guy

But I do have a question, Bluey is a red collared lorikeet and I would like one that is different but the only ones I have seen around here are Scaly breasted, Lutino, Lutino scaly breasted and Rainbows. Would either of the other two get along with a Red Collared or would it be better to get a Rainbow and are they still as playful?
I've also seen Purple Crowned and Musk Lorikeets but am leaning more towards the same size and playfulness as Bluey.

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I am not up on Lorikeets.
Though I have had a very good relationship with a few.
I do not know how they mix with each other.
I would assume the normal rules apply
Some will and some won't.
And you have to think about what you are going to do if it does not work out.
A back up plan. Plan B.
But I feel it should be doable
There are plenty of threads around that will help you plan how to quarantine, and then slowly into introduce them to each other. And how it is advised to put them in a cage that is new to both of them when the time comes to try them together.
I should add that sometimes the birds will have already sorted things out before this.

Good luck and I hope all goes well for you all.


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I would definitely go for size, Lorikeets can play very rough and you don't want the larger bird getting rough with a smaller bird, just a slightly uneven contest.

Scaley's have been paired up with Red Collars, Rainbows and Musk. This was done to get the different colours and mutations into those birds as the Scaley was the first one to develop mutations. So yes they can hybridize and yes the offspring are fertile and can re-produce.

Personally I would go for the Rainbow, they are roughly the same size (this does vary with individual birds the same as it does in humans) and after all the Red Collar is only a Sub-Species of the Rainbow. And I have not met a Rainbow that was not a total fool when it comes to playing.
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I vote rainbow too. And size does matter. When I had my dusky, the others would pick on him. He was short and bulky, whereas the others were long and thin. They'd easily give him a good fight if they could!


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I have the birds sorted out so the spare room will be ready for quarantine and I plan on getting a new cage later down the track for if they get along then it's new to both of them. I'm prepared to have them in seperate cages if they don't get along. I was looking at the Scaly's but am agreeing that a Rainbow might be better, My sister has a Rainbow and Bluey gets along well with him.

I'm going to look for a male, though I don't plan on breeding them but do understand that it might be something that comes up later down the track.

I have been looking at babies but if I found any that are anywhere up to six years old that needed rehoming I'd consider them if I think they'd be a right fit. Would an older one still possibly get along with her or be to set in their ways?

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I had a Blue Mountain Swainson's and a green naped. They'd always lived together but couldn't be housed together or anything. They didn't think much of each other at all! But she was very nesty around him. You could get a baby and they may get on but chances are they will their playing always looks like fighting, just be careful


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Sorry but I have another question, I just want to get this right. When I first got Bluey I didn't know much about birds and didn't know that they kind of went through the terrible twos. When Bluey did she started biting, the sort where she latches on and wont let go and can go through a finger nail (she still does it, which makes it nearly impossible to handle her but I know she's still bonded to me) at the time I started googling it and kept coming across it being females. Because my sisters male is still very cuddly I was wondering if it's females that get more aggressive or if it's an even amount for both sexes? hopefully you understand what I mean.
My reasoning for wanting a male is thinking that they may be less aggressive but don't get me wrong I'm fully prepared this time for the behaviour

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First thing is I think Lorikeets are basically set in their own ways from birth.

Females aren't necessarily more aggressive. I had a female here that even at 6 years of age I could literally do anything with. Even to the extent of lifting her of eggs and babies to check them. Sookie was just adorable but her partner Hercules who I bred and hand raised and was fine until paired with Sookie would have a go at me when eggs and chicks were involved.

Years ago I read in a club magazine 10 things about Lorikeets (half joke, half serious) and one of the 10 points is that if you have a Lorikeet at some stage you are going to lose blood. Sometimes what we humans think of as feral behaviour with a lorikeet is just plain having fun. As we have said, Lorikeets play rough, they do it with each other and because they consider you as part of the flock they will do it with you. That is just being a lorikeet. It really wasn't until I started breeding them myself and hand raising the young that I realized how rough they could be with each other and were not actually trying to hurt each other, just plain having fun. And Lorikeets have domestics. One minute they will appear to be trying to kill each other and the next they will be kissing and mating.

They are lorikeets and I think so different to any other type of Parrot. The only ones I have found that come anywhere near a lorikeet are some of the Conures.
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I haven't had or met a conure similar except for golden conures. I got to see a large flock and they were all scrapping with one another! I think caiques are similar

I think the drawing blood thing is definitely true. Darwin, the sweetest bird I've ever come across (black capped lory) would draw blood a few times a week if not every day they have sharper beaks too


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My Suns and Jendays had sort of similar temperaments to the Lorikeets. I used to say they were seed eating South American Lorikeets.
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Really? I've never seen them act like them only the biting haha!
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lol I accidently pushed the thanks button instead of reply, don't mind me I'm not with it today coz I have the flu, I even walked into a post coming out the shop, lucky for me it was a short one
A conure would have been my first choice but I think the noise always makes me reconsider but I love the lorikeets personality. I'd love to see a conure that comes close to them

EDIT: I've also decided to go for the one that I like most no matter what sex it is, so it will be a surprise. I cant wait, could be bringing him or her home anytime after this weekend. Of course I need to find them first though

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