The Lorikeet is a uniquely beautiful companion parrot.

Rainbow Lorikeets

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The Lorikeet is slender with a long tapering tail, the Rainbow being the most popular. Lories are stockier with squared-off tails with the Chattering Lory being the most popular.

All of the Lorinae family are beautiful by most people’s standards. Their bright cheery personality matches their colorful feathers. If you can deal with the mess they make, you will be hard pressed to find a more colorful bird than the Rainbow Lory.

Common Lory Species

Rainbow Lorikeet

The Rainbow Lorikeets have bright blue heads, a light green stripe on the nape and a primarily medium green body. The chest is bright red with orange and yellow areas on the upper outside chest area at the wings. Their lower body is a dark violet-blue.

Chattering Lory

Also known as the Red Lory because of its brilliant red plumage. The body is mostly red with primarily green wings with yellow patches on the shoulders. The tail is red with green tips.

Black-capped Lory

Their body is mostly red. Their forehead, lores, crown and nape are black. There is a dark band on the back of their neck, their mantle is blue with green wings.

Green Naped Lory

These Lories look very much like the Rainbow, accept for the greenish-yellow band on their nape and the purple-black feathers on their upper chest that give them a beautiful barred appearance.

Blue Streaked Lory

The Blue Streaked Lory has beautiful blue tipped feathers on its mantle. They have a black bandit-like mask over their eyes that turn a very dark blue as it goes toward their back. Most of their feathers are red with some black.

Moluccan (Red) Lory

The Moluccan male and female lories look alike. The Moluccan (Red) Lory has deep cobalt blue and black wings and some black and blue in their tail feathers. They have been reported to be excellent talkers by some owners.


It seems best to keep a single Lorikeet unless you are going to breed them. They don’t always get along with other birds in captivity. A hand-fed lory will want all your attention and not want to share you with others. They can become very aggressive if they think their territory or perceived possessions are threatened.

The Chattering Lory and the Moluccan Lory are said to have the best speech. The smaller Lorikeets may only learn a few words at best. They don’t have clear voices like the African Grey, but they do speak.

One Lory owner wrote to me that she knows many Lorikeets that speak, so you never really know until you try.

This training course will help you teach your bird to speak

The Lorikeet and the Lories are all very loud when they choose to be. Their diet, accommodations and the time you spend with them makes a big difference in how often they make noise. How many birds you have will also determine their noise level.

Lories are very active, spending their days climbing, playing and hanging upside down. They love foot toys and toys that they can swing around on.

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Zupreem Lory Nuggets

Boy are there a lot of opinions about the best diet for the Lorikeet! We have a link below if you are interested in seeing many of the different pellet and nectar options.

I suggest you talk to your breeder and your vet about their opinions. The manufactures of pet food products will always tell you that their product is safe and, of course, the best.

That said, I would encourage you to consider Goldenfeast Nectargold Lory food. This Lory food is blended and processed to a fine consistency. Its very rich aroma and sweet taste is accomplished without the aid of any added sugars.

Don’t rely on pellets soaked in juice or water and corn syrup though. They need fresh food just like us. You wouldn’t just take vitamins and water would you?

No matter what the manufacturer of pellets say, most experienced parrot breeders and owners will tell you that parrots on an all pellet diet are not as healthy as those that get a variety of healthy foods.

CAUTION: Never give your parrot alcohol, avocado or chocolate - these can kill your parrot! Also avoid asparagus, eggplant, cabbage, caffeine products, junk food, milk and cream, raw potato, and rhubarb (including the leaves).

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Cage Requirements

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Parrot Bird Cage w/ Play Top

The minimum cage for a small Lorikeet should be 30x30x30 with the bar spacing under one inch. Think about their liquid diet and their liquid poop when purchasing a cage. You will be cleaning it often. Purchase a cage that will help you enjoy the bird.

Consider the placement of your cage also. I read somewhere that you need to have a minimum of a 5’ radius around the cage, and you need to have something on the floor the same size. They tend to hang on the side of the cage to do their business.

Parrot Bird Cage with Storage Bottom A cage with a play top is really great for the Lorikeet because it adds even more room to play and it makes them feel closer to you in my opinion.

Because of the Lorikeets active lives, you must provide plenty of toys and plenty of room for them to play with their toys. Keep some toys out so that you can rotate them to keep them from getting bored.

Travel Cage for Vet Visits and Outings

You need to consider what type of carrier you will use for transporting your Lorikeet in. You never know if you might break down or may decide to take your parrot with you on a trip. Purchase a comfortable cage for these occasions.

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