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Lory And Lorikeet

Lory and Lorikeet

includes yellow backed, yellow streak, red mollucan, rainbow green nape and swainson blue lories; goldies lorikeet

Lories and Lorikeets have slender, wavy-edged beaks and tongues with "brushes" used to gather pollen, nectar, and juices. They are intelligent, active, playful and friendly birds.

Large Hookbill

Lory and Lorikeet Facts

Average Adult Size 5-13 inches long, head to end of tail, depending on species
Average Life Span 13 to 22 years with proper care, depending on species
Diet herbivores

Bird owners should avoid non-stick cookware and appliances as they can release fumes hazardous to your bird's health.


A well-balanced Lory and Lorikeet diet consists of:

  • High quality commercial necter or specialized pellet diets, supplemented with vegetable and fruit baby food and finely chopped vegetables and fruits;small amounts of fortified seeds.
  • Clean, fresh, filtered, chlorinefree water, changed daily.
  • Do not feed birds avocado, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions. Avoid sugar and high fat treats.


Things to remember when feeding your Lory and Lorikeet:

  • Fresh food and water should always be available.
  • Vegetables and fruits not eaten within a few hours should be discarded.
  • Remember, treats should not exceed 10% of total food intake.


  • Lories and Lorikeets acclimate well to average household temperatures, not to exceed 80°F; be cautious of extreme temperature changes. The habitat should be placed off the floor in an area that is well-lit and away from drafts.
  • A habitat approximately 24"W x 24"D x 30"H, with metal bars spaced no greater than 1/2" apart, makes a good home for one lory or lorkieet. A flight habitat is strongly recommended. It is best to provide the largest habitat possible.
  • Perches should be at least 4" long and 1/2" in diameter; a variety of perch sizes to exercise feet and help prevent arthritis is recommended.
  • A metal grate over the droppings tray will keep the bird away from droppings; line the droppings tray with habitat paper or appropriate substrate for easier cleaning. To avoid contamination, do not place food or water containers under perches.
  • Lories and Lorikeets can be kept alone, but do enjoy the company of other birds. Different types of birds should not be housed together.
  • Lories and Lorikeets should be socialized daily by the pet parent or kept in pairs to bond with each other.

Normal Behavior

  • Affectionate birds that enjoy the company of birds in nearby habitats, but should be kept alone.
  • Need to be kept occupied by providing daily attention and a variety of toys.
  • Nectar diet causes runny stools; this is normal and can be messy.
  • Provide foraging toys, which provide important mental stimulation.
  • Ensure toys are strongly attached as they can unscrew c-clamps, which can cause injury.

Habitat Maintenance

  • Clean and disinfect the habitat and perches regularly;replace substrate or habitat liner two to three times weekly or more often as needed.
  • Replace perches, dishes, and toys when worn or damaged; rotate new toys into the habitat regularly.
  • Ensure that there are no habitat parts or toys with lead, zinc or lead-based paints or galvanized parts as these can cause serious medical issues if ingested by your bird.
  • Do not use a lot of cleaning agents around your bird as the fumes can be harmful. It is recommended to use a natural cleaning product.

Grooming & Hygiene

  • Provide filtered, chlorine-free, lukewarm water regularly for bathing; remove the water when done. As an alternative, mist the bird with water.
  • Clipping flight feathers is not necessary, but when done correctly it can help prevent injury or escape; consult an avian veterinarian on what is best for your bird.
  • Nails should be trimmed by a qualified person to prevent injury to the bird.


Signs of a Healthy Animal

  • Active, alert, and sociable
  • Eats and drinks throughout the day
  • Dry nares and bright, dry eyes
  • Beak, legs and feet normal in appearance
  • Clean, dry vent
  • Smooth, well-groomed feathers

Red Flags

  • beak swelling or accumulations
  • fluffed, plucked, or soiled feathers
  • sitting on floor of habitat
  • wheezing or coughing
  • runny or discolored stools
  • favoring one foot
  • eye or nasal discharge
  • red or swollen eyes
  • loss of appetite

Common Health Issues

Health Issue Symptoms or Causes Suggested Action
Health Issue Chlamydiosis Symptoms or Causes Appetite loss, fluffed feathers, nasal discharge. Suggested Action Seek immediate avian veterinary attention.
Health Issue Psittacine beak and feather disease Symptoms or Causes Abnormal feather color, feather loss, beak abnormalities. Suggested Action Seek immediate avian veterinary attention.


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Because all birds are potential carriers of infectious diseases, such as Chlamydiosis, always wash your hands before and after handling your birds and/or habitat contents to help prevent the potential spread of diseases. Work with your avian veterinarian on protocols to treat your bird should the bird contract Chlamydiosis.

Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring for a bird and should consider not having a bird as a pet.

Go to the Centers for Disease Control at for more information about birds and disease.

This care sheet can cover the care needs of other species.

Note: The information in this Care Sheet is not a substitute for veterinary care. If you need additional information, please refer to the sources on the following page or contact your veterinarian as appropriate.

Developed with and approved by a qualified veterinarian.