Lorikeet behaviour

by Jenni
(Perth western australia)

My lorikeets are confusing me! I have what I think are two male lorikeets and a young female. The reason I think this is because the two "male lorikeets" display the same behaviour strutting noises fluffing up feathers etc they talk and are very cheeky. I have seen the male on top of the female mating and they are inseparable.

When I have all three out the single male (I think!) will chase off and be aggressive to the female and then the two males shape up to eachother for a bit and them seem to tolerate one another while the female keeps her distance. the next confusing thing is that the paired male Is scratching around in the nesting box all the time while the female looks on. now he has taken to spending a few nights sleeping in the nesting box and she sleeps alone!

Does this happen? Do I have everything confused. I thought the male dominant behaviour was quite obvious and I was sure I had two males and even a pair because they were mating. the pair are in their own cage and the other male has his. I realise DNA testing could answer all my questions but I would like to hear from others what they think is going on!
Thanks everyone
Kind regards

The photo is of the paired male in the nesting box

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Jan 12, 2014
Lorikeet behaviour
by: Linda

Unless your female is 2 years or over, she can die from being eggbound, so maybe her lack of interest may just save her life. Birds this size need two years or more to develop to the point where they are large enough for an egg to pass. Take out the nestbox for a while until your bird is old enough for breeding. Mating does not mean birds are going to breed, it simply means they are mating. If the hen is too young, she should not be in a position to be bred anyway.This means separating the pair into a cage for each.

Also birds have to be examined and cleared by an Avian Vet prior to breeding because sick birds are in no shape to breed and whatever they have is passed onto babies who die quickly from any kind of infection.

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