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Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet

Family: Psittacidae Rainbow Lorikeet"Zazu"Trichoglossus haematodusPhoto Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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Hello Bird People: You may remember me from some time ago. I had Jammy, a green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet. He flew into a party some twenty odd years ago,... (more)  Susan Saleeby

  "Zazu" is a very nice Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet that is about 10-12 weeks old.

Zazu was handfed and likes very much to be handled. Zazu started to talk before she left the store saying things like 'hello' and 'pretty bird'. She is going to be a really good talker with a great personality. This bird loved to play with everyone and everything! She was a real acrobat and loved to swing upside down on her perches.

Geographic Distribution
Trichoglossus haematodus
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittacidae
  • Genus: Trichoglossus
  • Species: haematodus

Scientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus

Description:    The Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet is one of the most colorful members of the parrot family. It is almost impossible to tell the difference between a lorikeet and a lory although some say the lorikeet has a longer tail than the lori. Also, the lorikeet has a pointed tail while the lori's tail is rounded. The lorikeets and the lorys have a "brushlike" tongue that is used for eating fruits, flowers, nectars, and pollens. There are at least 21 different kinds of Green-naped Lorikeets.

Care and feeding:    The lorikeet's main diet consists of nectar and fruit. They can eat some greens and some seed. Special diets which can be purchased at most pet stores have been formulated to feed the bird in either a wet form as a nectar or in a dry form as a powder. Make sure you have water near the powder, if that is what you are feeding, so the bird can take drinks while eating. Fresh fruit or unsweetened canned fruit should be fed regularly.

Distribution:    Northern and eastern parts of Australia, and also the islands north and east of Australia.

Size - Weight:    Reaches up to 10 inches in length including the tail.

Social Behaviors:
   In the wild they spend most of their time in flocks.

Physical characteristics:    Very colorful, from 6-11 inches including the tail. The sub-adults have a dark brown beak and brown irises. The beak turns red as they mature. Life span is 15 or more years, they mature at 1-2 years.

Housing:    A roomy cage is required unless the bird is to be let out for extended periods. Many birds can spend most of their time on a play pen or parrot perch. A cage guard is a good idea since their droppings are a sticky fluid which ends up outside the cage.

Breeding/Reproduction:    Lorikeets are easily bred. Although they are not easy to sex, once they are established, they nest freely.

Potential Problems: An easy bird to care for.

Availability: Readily available.

Activities:    Make sure you give them lots of toys, swings, and perches since they are very active and love to play.

Lastest Animal Stories on Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet

Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hello Bird People:

You may remember me from some time ago. I had Jammy, a green-naped
Rainbow Lorikeet. He flew into a party some twenty odd years ago, where
I was singing for a wedding at a country club in New Jersey. We tried and tried to find the owner, going so far as to place an ad in the local paper; however, we
could not locate the owner, and the rest is history. Jammy, as we called him
since he seemed to be "jammin" at the party, remained with us for twenty some
years until he went to heaven about two years ago.

Right now, as I am typing this e-mail, I look at my mousepad which has a
beautiful picture of Jammy on it. We shall always keep this very special
gift from the Lord in our hearts; Jammy will always be with us. It has
been two years, and the tears well up in my eyes as I type this to you.

Nothing will ever take Jammy's place, and I have not looked for that in my two
new birdies. Peaches, our White-Bellied Caique was purchased to fill the
void of noise in the form of a whistle, which we missed so much in Jammy.
Peaches is a very adorable little Caique, and we love her very much.
I tell her that she is presently "renting" Jammy's home while we look for
a replacement.

Ben is a Solomon Island Eclectus parrot which we purchased some eight months
ago. Ben is very sweet and calm, and he is also not mean't to take Jammy's
place; however, I think Jammy would approve of this little critter.

I think what I am trying to say is that absolutely nothing can bring Jammy
back to us which is why I did not purchase a Lorikeet. Jammy was and will
always be special in our hearts. I believe that is the only way a
bird owner can and should go forward with life. I pray for Jammy every
evening; it makes me feel close to his memory. Jammy will always be very
close in my heart. I know some of you out there are in the same position,
and this, as I perceive it, is the only way we can continue on life's
path. I think many situations in life should be perceived in that manner.

I wish to say may the Lord bless all of you and your birdies and keep
up your very good work. Remember these creatures are extremely intelligent,
much more than they receive credit for in life.

Well, I feel much better for writing this to you; I hope this did not bore
you. It was so comforting for me to express myself in this way.

God Bless You All.
Susan and
the "Zoo Crew

  • kathy - 2012-04-25
    Thanks for your beautiful tribute to Jammy. I have looked and looked for a bird and finally decided on a Lorikeep-the rainbow one. I was a bit put off with the 'messy' tag they are given. Did you find the mess hard to deal with? Thanks for any information you can give me.
    God Bless You, too,
  • Joe Chenault - 2014-02-15
    Hell0 susan. My name is joe and i am coming to you from millersport,ohio,outside of columbus. I found your entry sort of by accident. After i read it i felt compelled to reply. Im going through now what you went through. Tango,my rainbow lory passed away unexpectedly january 3rd. He was only 6 and a half years old. I miss him terribly. He wasnt a pet. He was my baby and my best little buddy. In my 46 years,he was the best thing that ever happened to me. I guess im writing to you because i know you will understand how i feel. When i was reading about jammy i was tearing up because i felt your pain. My friends and family arent helpful. They dont understand how i could feel so deeply about a bird. Tango was more than just a bird. I never knew i had the capacity to love or care about something as much as i loved and cared about tango. Like you mentioned,the silence now is torturous and i am am so lonely without him. Just like jammy,tango cant be replaced but i definitely want to get another lory,not to replace tango but to carry on his legacy so to speak. Because of my financial situation it will seem like an eternity before i can. Maybe i could become a wedding singer and get one for free. I think that is so neat how jammy came into your life and made such an impact for those 20 plus years. Im sure you will agree,that was destiny. I write this to you with warm blessings. Joe.
Bridget - 2004-02-27
We have a girl Rainbow Lorikeet that we got suddenly and knew nothing about pet birds at all!She is a sweetie that plays soccer on the floor with a cat ball with a bell (but no catnip) in it and loves to give kisses and take noisy,splashy baths in a pyrex brownie pan.She even said my name after 3 days with us!She is so funny when she plays she could get Frankenstein out of a bad mood.I love her so much and never knew what I was missing until she came our way.We still have to think of a girl name for her because we thought she was a he until the DNA results came in last week. Princess would be appropriate,LOL.

Ian Banks - 2004-07-06
I have a 1 year old Green Naped Lorikeet called Ruby. I could not agree more with so many of the comments I have read here, they make the very best companions and Ruby is no exception. She mimics a great deal and takes great pleasure in mimicking the sound of the Microwave finishing; a great way to get me out of the front room and gain my attention. I have taken some great photos of her and placed them on my website. Take a look

Joan Quinn - 2009-07-17
Yes, these little birds are gifts from God for us to cherish and take care of. Last month I was watering the plants out front when a beautiful little lovebird landed right on my head. I have been wanting some kind of bird (either finches or a canary for years) but my husband said our 4 dogs would go crazy and we have enough animals. It is a miracle to me that this has happened, as my 4 dogs are older now and pay no mind to the birds. I was laid off last year so I am home and able to spend time with my birds. Since the Lovebird landed on my head, I have gotten a singing canary and a beautiful tame cockatiel. I named the Lovebird "Penny" after the old song, "Pennies From Heaven". I truly believe that she was a gift from God. I never would have gotten any of the birds, if it hadn't been for Penny landing right on my head. My husband has been great and says I can have more than one bird because he sees how much joy they bring me. I absolutely love them! I wish I would have known how much love and joy they could have brought me (4 dogs ago!)
Please do not be sad over the loss of your bird, but instead rejoice in the miracle of your relationship with him and those fond memories will stay with you forever. This is just one more testament that God does exist! He has provided to us what we have asked of him!
Signed - One Grateful Bird Lover - Joan Quinn

Cynthia Oberlies - 2006-06-10
My best friend is named Tangy who is a beautiful 14yr old green-naped Rainbow Lori who is affectionately loving, a vocally demanding talker, more adventurous then the man down under - The Crocodile Hunter, and as intelligent as Little Einstein. I have had Tangy since a hatchling and, as any proud mother, I have weened, potty-trained(yes she is potty trained), and raised my little girl to be the most outgoing social performer. She often takes trips with me and my husband to meet the local people in our neighborhood where she lightens the hearts of everyone. I am proud to be told how amazingly beautiful and loving she is! I love talking and introducing Tangy and sharing with everyone her infectious laughter and constant chatter of "Mommy-mommy, Come her, I love you, Give me kisses". When I was recently married, I worried about her ability to adjust to my husband. And true to her loving nature, she took my husband, Frank, into our little clutch. Now, Tangy and Frank spend time together with Tangy preening his eyelashes, giving him kisses, and hopping around him for attention. Even though Rainbow Loriies are not for everyone; they need alot of social interaction, their diet must be watched closely, but most of all, they need alot of love in order to raise a healthy-well adjusted bird like Tangy, I believe everyone should have the pleasure of owning a little Tangy of their own..

Karen Bretana - 2004-03-16
I have a rainbow loriket. Her name is Skittles. We got her from Petco about 2 years ago. She is a very loving bird. She gives kisses, makes all kinds of sounds, and talks. She loves to talk to our other red lory named Gookie. They are in seperate cages. We bought them these plastic bird baths and they sleep in them. These birds amaze me. They are so intelligent and so much fun. When Gookie is getting to loud, Skittles will shout "SHUTUP". They will mimic you so you must watch what you say. They are a lot of work but well worth it.


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