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Rescued baby lorikeet-when can it fly

Hi lovely people,

I rescued a baby lorikeet (beak is slightly orange colour) two days ago. Its parents are visiting daily. The baby cannot fly yet, but can jump and climb using its beak and feet. I feed apple and lorikeet food bought from grocery. My questions are;

1. How long will it take my bird to fly?
2. Should I let it go with its parents when they visit?, I doubt if they could take the baby to the nest though.

Herewith I am attaching a photo of baby bird.


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Hi, I am sorry but no photo is showing on the post so it will be a little difficult to tell. But from my experience a lorikeets beak does not usually start changing colour until they are 9 to 12 weeks of age at which point they are able to fly. The bird may have received an injury and is having difficulty flying but lorikeets in captivity more often than not prefer to jump and climb even though they are quite capable of flight. You could try putting him out if the parents visit and see if it goes off with them.
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Hi Kate,

Thank you very much for the reply. I forgot to attach the image, sorry. Here you go. Do you think it can fly soon Kate?

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The picture certainly helps. It looks as if his wing has been clipped and he has tail feather damage. I suspect the lorikeets you saw coming around are not his parents but he is a bird that has been possibly hand raised and escaped, either that or he has been attacked by something and he is missing tail and flight feathers. The tail feathers certainly appear to have been damaged. Until he gets flight and tail feathers back again he will not be able to fly. And if he is an escaped pet someone may be looking for him. I suggest you contact any local vets to see if anyone has reported a lost lorikeet and also check any local notice boards. I know that where I used to live in Sydney there were often notices put up for lost birds. Pet shops also often get notification of lost birds.
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Thanks alot Kate, if it is someone else's pet that would be great, I can get the burden out from me

There are alot of bugs on it as well. Ill contact the vet and try to find the owner if that is the case. However, it seems not very close to humans, more close to the other lorikeet couple that visit everyday. Is there any possibility that non-parent birds visit other lorikeet babies?

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