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Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet

Family: Psittacidae Rainbow Lorikeet"Zazu"Trichoglossus haematodusPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
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my rainbow laurikeet is allowed to go free in day but returns at night and climbs in to his cage .he is a very intelligent and entertaining  susi peters

  "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.

  • 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

susi peters - 2017-12-13
my rainbow laurikeet is allowed to go free in day but returns at night and climbs in to his cage .he is a very intelligent and entertaining

Les Beehen - 2017-05-10
I don't wish to dwell upon how the Egyptian Mau (a small silver leopard, as opposed to a large gold one) who operates a 'human sharing' lifestyle would get on with these chookies, but the same practise applies to organisms who can survive in the wild - if you love them, then let them. Keeping a bird in a cage is one step up from declawing a cat...imho.

Chanda - 2007-06-15
My rainbow lori is named FRUIT LOOP, he is hilarious. He talks ALOT! He says... sweet bird, pretty bird, sexy bird, loud bird, hi bye hello come here stop, give me a kiss, and the he makes the kissing sound. He is the smartest bird I have ever had. He plays all the time and likes to take baths. He LOVES kids and dogs.

  • Karen - 2017-02-13
    I just got a Rainbow lorikeet he is 3 mths old
    What is the best way to teacher him to talk ?
    He loves being around me all the time I talk to him lots .he does bite sometimes,when he does I put him back in hi cage .he rolls on his back holding my hand and plays with his ball with me .
Maria - 2015-07-20
I recently went to my bird supply store. During my visit I met a rainbow lory, his name is dundee and someone had detuned him due to his bitting habbit. I brought him home and he is a clown. He talks a lot and loves to play. He loves hair ties and socks. Fresh fruit gives him an instant sugar rush. He still nips some times but not too much. He talks a lot and makes tons of fun noises. He loves to raspberry and talks to the other birds. Even calls them by name. When ever he is in troupe he makes sure to say 'sorry I love you pretty pretty' he is so much fun. I'm glad we were able to be a good home for him. My only worry is when the kids go back to school how he will react. Any tips on how to keep him happy when he is home all day with just the other birds?