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Lories

By their very nature Lories and Lorikeets are extremely playful, Mischievous and friendly, and attach themselves to their keeper very quickly - waiting eagerly at the door to be fed. They also have very high pitched and vocal alarm calls, so you should always ensure that aviaries are sited away from the neighbours to avoid conflicts. The larger the Lory - the larger the noise produced.

Lories are a unique group of birds, classified under the Parrotlike family (Psittacidae), sub-family Lorlinae. They are distinguished from true Parrotlike birds by their special adapted 'brush-tongue'. In the wild Lories feed on nectar and pollen grains. Using the brush tongue the Lory will reach into a flowering tree or shrub and sample the nectar or pollen. They will also eat fruits, small insects, small seeds buds and flowers, whatever takes their fancy. Because of their dietary needs the droppings from the birds are soft and liquid like in consistency. This can often deter many people from wanting to keep Lories but kept in the correct surroundings and flights they are easy to maintain and keep clean.

The description of 'Lory' is usually applied to those members of the species that have short tails. Whereas 'Lorikeet' is the term used to describe the smaller species and ones with long tails.

They are a very successful family of bird, and species have adapted to many geographical locations throughout the Pacific region. From Bali in the east to the many smaller islands across to the Pacific, and from the Philippine islands across to mainland Australia and even as far south as Tasmania.

Most species are extremely brightly coloured, sometimes gaudy which often attracts the owner to them in the first place.

Diet

Diet is probably the most important factor when keeping any species of Lory. A lot of people would take up this aspect of aviculture, if only they were not put of by the fact that they may not understand the dietary requirements of the birds. Nowadays many different commercial formulas are available. Almost every article you read can offer a new recipe for either a wet or dry mixture. Most commercial mixtures contain all the proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, pollens, nutrients and vitamins that the birds will need.

A varied selection of fruit should be given to Lories daily, including bananas, apples, pear, orange etc. Any fruit must be ripe when given, for example when the bananas skin has turned from yellow to brown all of the inside flesh should have started to turn from starch into sugar. This is better for the Lories digestive system. Cuttlefish is available at all times, but especially during the breeding season to provide calcium for egg formation.

As with other members of the Parrotlike family, Lories should be wormed on a regular basis, especially if kept on the deep gravel system. The older products like Panacur or Levimisole are now becoming outdated, and newer better wormers coming onto the market almost monthly. Worm the birds twice a year - once in early Spring, either March or April and again in the Autumn ,September or October.

Bathing facilities should be available every day. Lories like to jump into a bath and wallow in the clean water until they are soaked through. This will ensure that their plumage is kept in the best condition possible, allowing them to wash discarded fruit and nectar from their feathers. If you have a range of Lory aviaries it is best to also install a sprinkler system that can be automatically programmed.

Lories as Pets

As previously mentioned Lories by their very nature are extremely playful and mischievous. As pets they can become very attached to their owners. They can provide hours of amusement and 'clown' around when playing. The major problem when keeping them as a pet is the type of cage to use indoors, to stop liquid droppings from being 'squirted' around the house. They should be provided with a large cage, this allows them to climb around and keep fit. They are not the type of bird that remains still for a great length of time, they are always active and on the move. Therefore lots of perches should be provided. They should be cleaned out daily to avoid bacterial infections from developing, and allowed to bathe regularly. They are able to mimic some sounds and often learn to imitate the ringing phone first, causing some problems to their owners.

RECOMMENDED LORY SPECIES

Green Naped LoryTrichoglossus haemotodus haemotodus
Swainsons LoryTrichoglossus haematodus moluccans
Goldies LoryTrichoglossus goldei
Perfect LoryTrichoglossus euteles
Meyers LoryTrichoglossus flavoviridis meyeri
Dusky LoryPseudeos fuscata
Black LoryChalcopsitta atra atra
Blacked winged LoryEos cyanogenia
Blue streaked LoryEos reticulata
Red LoryEos bornea bornea
Duivenbode's LoryChalcopsitta duivenbodei duivenbodei
Black capped LoryLorius lorry lorry
Chattering LoryLorius garrulous garrulous
Yellow backed LoryLorius garrulous flavopalliatus
 


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