Rainbow Lorikeets Parrot as Pets

Rainbow lorikeets are a colorful variety of parrots that are very entertaining and active as companion pets. The are monomorphic, so they do not have identifying differences in appearance between the males and the females. They are about 11.8 inches in length. The back and outside of the wings is a green color, which is a lighter green in the nape area. The color of the head is violet or blue and the chest is mainly red and has yellow markings. The abdomen of the rainbow lorikeet is also a violet blue color and the wings have a broad yellow band and are orange and red underneath. Rainbow lorikeets have a unique bristle like tongue that is used for eating nectar and pollen.

Rainbow Lorikeets as Companions

Rainbow lorikeets are fun and entertaining and amused by every noise and object that they see and hear. They like to act silly and exaggerate the moves that they make. They often will roll unto their backs and want to wrestle with your hands or play with a toy. Sometimes, you can see your bird hopping around instead of walking. They need to have a lot of toys to keep them entertained and busy. They like to have things that they can swing on; toys that they can make noise with and also foot toys.

They also require a larger size cage because they usually will use every bit of space in the cage. They enjoy baths and water and go to the bathroom often. Lorikeets eat nectar as the main source of food and require more fruit that other kinds of parrots. The diet should consist of either wet and dry nectar mix or a combination of both. The food can be purchased commercially or you can make it yourself by finding recipes. You should also feed your lorikeet fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid foods that have a lot of iron pellets are generally not recommended. Chemical free flowers such as bottlebrushes are also good choices.

The life span of a rainbow lorikeet is about 20 to 30 years. There are also many different mutations of the bird that include greygreen, dilute, cinnamon, blue-fronted, lutino, fallow, recessive pied, olive, aqua, black-eyed yellow, khaki, mustard and jade. There are also mutations of each of the above kinds of mutations which makes a large variety of birds.

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