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Lory Breeders

If you are after a pet bird that is striking in colour, highly intelligent, and very playful, the lory could be the perfect bird for you. Here’s what you need to know.

About the Lory

A lory is different to a lorikeet in that a lory generally has a short tail while a lorikeet has a long tail.  Lories range in size from 13cm long to 30cm long or a little more.  Some types of lories that you can find include the Yellow-streaked Lory and the Chattering Lory.  Lories tend to be red in colour with patches of yellow, purple, and green.  The lory has strong feet and sharp nails and they will happily hang sideways or upside down while they eat.  They will also use their feet to hold toys or food while they are feeding.

Lories are well known as being very intelligent birds and will happily accept training, whether that is to learn tricks or to learn how to talk.  They are also very playful and inquisitive.  Be aware that lories have a loud screech that can annoy neighbours, and some lories can be aggressive towards other birds.

Caring for a Lory

The lory loves to climb and explore so they should be as large a cage as is practical or in an aviary.  At an absolute minimum, they should be able to spread their wings and climb around the cage. The lory is a type of parrot which means they love to chew. Subsequently, the cage should be made of very strong materials.  If you keep your bird indoors, it should be let out regularly to interact with the people in the household and to get much needed exercise.  Because the lory loves to play, you should provide it with plenty of toys to keep them occupied.

The lory has a different diet to many other pet birds as they don’t eat seeds generally, but rather liquids and fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables that you can safely feed include apples, grapes, cantaloupe, kiwi, corn on the cob and leafy greens.  Flowers such as nasturtiums, marigolds, dandelions, roses, and hibiscus are also loved.  Of course, fresh water should always be provided for drinking and for bathing in.

The lory is a messy bird as their droppings can spray around their cage and even out of it, and they are also messy eaters.  Because of this, you have to be vigilant when cleaning their cages in order to prevent bacterial and yeast infections in the bird.  Daily cleaning may be necessary.

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