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Introducing a Lorikeet Rule-Breaker – the Black Lory

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: August 5, 2010

Lories are among the most spectacularly-colored of all Psittacines, with the popular pet-trade species exhibiting an array of “screaming” red, blue, green and violet feathers (please see photo of the aptly-named Rainbow Lorikeet).  But there are somberly-colored members as well, typified by the Black Lory, Chalcopsitta atra (sometimes also known…

Popular and Rare Lories and Lorikeets as Pets

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: September 7, 2009

Lories (parrot subfamily Lorinae) have long attracted aviculturists, yet there are many factors that weigh against their choice as pets. Noisy and aggressive towards other birds, all species feed on nectar and fruit, which, along with watery feces, they fling about their cages…keeping their living quarters clean is quite a…

Aggression in Lories and Lorikeets (Psittacidae, Lorinae)

Relevance: 50%      Posted on: December 26, 2008

  The 56 lory and lorikeet species are among the most gorgeous and active of all parrots, and are usually quite bold in character.  In both the wild (particularly Australia) and in zoos, lory feeding stations are a great hit with tourists, with hundreds of colorful birds flocking onto treat-bearing…

Lories and Lorikeets – why do they differ so from other parrots?

Relevance: 29%      Posted on: May 31, 2008

Overview The brilliantly colored lories and lorikeets are quite definitely parrots, and yet they depart radically from typical parrot behavior and breeding biology, and in their internal anatomy. As you will see, a good deal of this may be explained by the nature of their diets. Physical Description The 56…

Mate Aggression in Parrots – Why Parrots Fight with their Partners

Relevance: 28%      Posted on: November 18, 2011

In the wild, the pair-bond between mated parrots often lasts a lifetime.  Captive pairs, however, face unique “relationship challenges” that often complicate the mating process.  Owners may find it difficult to find two birds that get along, and even long-established pairs may suddenly begin to fight. Mate Choice Parrot breeding…

Bat-like Birds: Meet Asia’s Brilliant Hanging Parrots (Genus Loriculus)

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: April 8, 2009

  The aptly-named hanging parrots are unique in their habit of roosting upside down - hanging from branches in the manner of brightly colored bats.  When I first kept these birds in a zoo exhibit, I was quite surprised to hear a soft call being produced by the resting males,…

Conditioning Parrots, Softbills and Finches for Breeding – Diet Changes

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: March 18, 2010

As spring slowly makes its way across the Northern Hemisphere, aviculturists’ thoughts turn to nests and nestlings.  Many birds, even those from tropical habitats, respond to the coming of spring by becoming increasingly active, hungry and interested in the opposite sex.  While we often attribute this to longer days and…

Introducing the Bee Bee Parrot,Tovi or Orange-Cheeked Parakeet

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: May 11, 2010

The tiny, personable Bee Bee Parrot (Brotogeris jugularis) is a wonderful choice for first time parrot owners and experienced aviculturists alike.  Only 7.5 inches long but with a stocky build, these little green birds have always reminded me of “sawed-off” Amazons, and I fell under their spell early on. However,…

Bird Weights – How can you tell if your pet bird is too heavy or too thin?

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: May 25, 2010

Your bird’s weight can be an important indicator of its health.  Unfortunately, however, it’s difficult to access  weight by eye – feathers hide most of the useful signposts, and by puffing up or flattening its plumage a bird can give very different impressions of its size. Gauging Your Bird’s Weight…

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