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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.
jacob lee - 2008-05-17
I was wondering if you can tell me how to handle a rainbow lorikeet. (EDITOR'S NOTE: There are care sheets for a variety of birds on Animal-World. A good one with handling information for parrots of this size is "About Conures". See it here:

  • Anonymous - 2011-09-10
    There are care sheets for a variety of birds on Animal-World. A good one with handling information for parrots of this size is "About Conures". See it here:
Susan Saleeby - 2008-07-12
Hi Folks:

I won't keep you; I know there is much to do maintaining your birdies
regarding their feeding, cleaning, and much more.

Today I submitted an article regarding my beautiful Green-Naped, Rainbow
Lorikeet, Jammy who passed into heaven several years ago.

As you may remember, Jammy was found at a country club, and despite our
efforts, nobody claimed him. We had him for over 20 wonderful years.

In my article today, I failed to add one extra comment pertaining to
Jammy. Approximately one month prior to our finding Jammy while driving in the car with my
husband, I told him that I wanted another birdy; however, I just could
not make up my mind regarding the breed. I did know, however, that I wanted
this birdy to be most colorful, and that I wished our Lord would just
send me a birdy to fit my description. Yes, the Lord must have sent
Jammy to us. Jam was so beautiful, colorful, and loving.

I guess they mean it when said, "sometimes the Lord works in mysterious

Well, I won't bother you anymore. I hope my story interested some of

p. moler - 2008-08-16
We have a 1.6 year old Rainbow Lori (Kiwi)and what hoot she is. Fearless and loves her "birdie" bunge cord and a paper napkin. Bath time is non-stop fun. The squeaks and peeps are so sweet. Wish I could have that much fun. Was able to teach her to stay and play on her stand. Smart little bird. Says a few words but a terrific mimic. Fell in love with Rainbows when where we were on an extended trip to Sydney, they would sit on the kitchen window and get fruit. After a few days my two "quests" would eat my (their) fruit off the kitchen counter. Wild birds who love human company.

  • Carol - 2010-08-22
    I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I have a green naped lory named Nikki and she is two yrs. old. She is sweet and affectionate and she talks. I love her to pieces. She and my chocolate lab, Gracie get along very well. She is the sweetest bird I have ever owned!
  • Carol from Toronto. - 2010-09-15
    I have a 2 1/2 yr. old lory (green naped) named Nikki. She is one of the joys of my life! She is tame and sweet and she talks. She loves to have her tummy tickled and kissed. My dog Gracie (chocolate lab, 1yr. and a half) get along famously! Nikki is so beautiful I always carry my bragging picture with me to show people my beautiful parrot! She is the sweetest and most beautiful bird I have ever owned and I adore her!