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Video - Why I struggle to film Darwin

Because he doesn't hold still! These were a bunch of short clips all put together within the space of a few minutes because he just would NOT stay still

Why I struggle to film Darwin - YouTube

A few bonus videos if you fancy watching them too

Simply Harvey - Harvey is a cutie pie - YouTube
Clyde's awesome eyes - Eye pin - YouTube
And another interesting Kea video we filmed while we were in Tenerife, VERY cute - Kea fishing for pebbles - YouTube
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Great videos!! Darwin is so playful
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Playful but my hands hurt hopefully he can play rough with his new lory friends once they've been screened
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He looks great. Love the purring sounds he makes.

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He looks great. Love the purring sounds he makes.
Do you mean the brrrrrrrrr thing he does? If so, I taught him that! I taught him all kinds of really, really stupid noises because I wanted to see how much he could pick up. When I throw him in the air he goes "weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!". He's SO cute

Thank you though, even though I think he's looking worse than ever at the moment. If you've seen any previous threads I posted that I had been back and forth to the vets about the sudden overnight bad plucking, hence the one fluffy leg, and on top of that he's now molting like crazy and has a really prickly head!
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You think that's rough Daisy. Wait till you see him play with another Lory. At my place it was not unusual to see one dragging another upside down by the tail. Or 2 hanging from the roof of the cage by one toenail each and wrestling.

Knowing his age he may just be going through sexual maturity. It is not unknown for Lory's to pluck during puberty or when breeding. Combine that with adult molt and rough play.

By the way you should try judging one that is either hanging from the top of the cage by one toenail or lying on it's back on the bottom of the cage with it's legs in the air.
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I had to state that that was 'rough' because as you can imagine some of the YouTubers can be unpleasant when they don't understand something. Any other parrot may think that was hell but I think it's nothing for a lory

He has just hit 1 year old I think, surely he wouldn't be hitting it now? Or actually... don't they usually start anywhere around 1-1/2? I don't know, I haven't actually considered it you know!
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Yeah he should be hitting puberty about now. Rainbow's usually hit it about 12 months, some a little earlier, some later. Not sure about the foreign Lory's but the Australian ones usually go into moult around the time they were hatched. Unlike other birds who will moult yearly but not necessarily when they were hatched. For example my Alex's hatched late August and they moult between November and sometimes February. But a Rainbow hatched in June will moult in June. So Darwin could be going into his full adult plumage now.

That is during normal times but with all the weird weather we have had here the birds are moulting all over the place.
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Thanks for the info Kate. That makes sense because this was the month he was hatched if I remember correctly! Probably explains why he's become more confidently feisty with me good to know he's going through the phase now, even if it is a bit of a shock. I am lucky my dusky is between 15-20 and my yellow streaked 10! I am unsure about the rainbows though. I think they're green naped but I won't know much about them until Monday they've definitely hit maturity though as one is a layer

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Rainbow's are great Daisy. Yes they do have a green nape then you have the sub species of the Red Colar which has either a red or orange nape. They are about the same size as the Dusky.

Rainbow's are absolute clowns. They are the main ones I still have but I do have a pair of Scaley Breasted. The male is the Mustard mutation and the female is Normal. I have just weaned their first baby with me and he is a Mustard also. He just came out into a cage yesterday and is having great fun exploring it.

Oh and I just had to scare a Borwn Falcon away from my aviaries. Beautiful as he is the rotter was only a few feet away from my Sulphur Crested's and Corella's.
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I'm lucky none of the birds of prey attempt to come near my aviaries, probably because my raptors are there! I remember seeing footage of a brown falcon stooping into an enormous budgie flock, they're persistent

I only have the photo of one of the birds which was sent to me by the rescue. Will try and attach it! I'm useless with all of the rainbow species and subspecies

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That one is what is called a Green Naped Lory. These are not native to Australia but is found in Papua New Guinea. We do have them in captivity here though.

What we call a Rainbow Lorikeet has more of a yellow/red breast and no barring on the breast. They are found right down the east coast of Australia. It is also known as Swainson's Lorikeet.

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Oh darn? the baby Scaley has just discovered water. It is about 2 foot over my head in the cage and decided to have it's first bath. And it is freezing here and raining. It would be lucky to be 10C at the moment. I just got hit in the head by cold water. Rain outside is one thing but not raining inside.
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I assumed it was the Swainson's that I saw so much. They don't have that barring on the chest either. So the green naped is a subspecies of the red collard right ?

Aww haha! Darwin has his daily soak in my sink and he swamps me!

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No it is basically a subspecies of the Rainbow which is also called the Swainson's. The Green Naped could also be a hybrid of 2 different species. Lorikeets can hybridise and can reproduce. They are not mules. All the subspecies can be very confusing.

My other Lorikeets have their daily soak too. But this was the baby's first time. Having only just weaned and gone into a cage from the brooder. I just wish he had picked a warmer day to do it. 5pm on a wet cold day is no fun at all. Mind you he was having a great time. Luckily his first bath was not a full bath only head and shoulders. They are really funny the first time they bath.
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Oh bless haha! I know Darwin loves to bathe a lot, but is that a normal lory/lorikeet thing then? To bathe a lot that is. He really loves it and makes it seem like it is the best thing ever

There are tons of different subspecies aren't there? I know there's like 4 pages on them in my parrots of the world book haha. The Swainson's is the most readily available over here
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Oh yeah bathing is quite normal. Doesn't matter what time of year or how hot or cold it is. My outside birds in the suspended aviaries will bath in mid winter when the temperature is barely above zero. I have even seen them break ice on the top of the water bowl to have a bath. I have even had them get completely drenched with only a tube water container in the cage. Even a hampster water container does not stop them getting soaked. They just stick their tongue up in it to push up the little ball so the water will flow. I think it has alot to do with their diet especially in the wild. They get sticky from the pollen and nectar they eat so they need to bath to get the sticky off their feathers.

You are right there are alot of species. We have 7 that are native to Australia and I think there are something like over 70 worldwide, about 55 of which are available in Australia. We have the Rainbow (Swainson's), Red Collared, Scaley Breasted, Musk, Varied, Little and Purple Crown. The Rainbow would be the most common as it is a very free breeder even in captivity and they can breed all year round. As long as there are food sources for them all year round. And with so many people over here putting in native gardens the numbers have increased and they are not as migratory as they once were. Two chick are normally bred each round with most of them. All bar the from memory Little an Purple Crown who have a set breeding season as they can have up to 5 chicks in a nest. But the Swainson's is the most common over here too.
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I meant subspecies of the rainbow! There's tons of different lories. The dusky, black called and blue streaked are probably the most appealing to me anyways haha!

I can't believe how much they bathe though when you think about it you're definitely right. Darwin often gets a sticky head from going face first into his food and it makes him really gross. He usually gets dry lumps of lory food stuck to him which is why I try and encourage it anyways!

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