Lorikeets are small and medium sized members of the parrot family and they are known for their brush-tipped tongues which they use for sucking the nectar of various flowers and soft fruits like berries. These birds are found throughout Australia and are known for its brightly colored plumage for which they are popular as pets. Most important characteristic feature of these birds is that they can feed from about 5000 species of flowers of plants with the help of their specialized tongues. In the tip of their tongues they have tufts of papillae in which the nectar and pollen from the flowers collect.
The pointed tails and the tapered wings of these birds help them to fly smoothly and also help them in having wonderful agility. By nature they are hyperactive and clownish and these characteristics are displayed both in captivity as well as in wild.
Diet of the lorikeet
Though in the wild the lorikeets feed on the nectar and the pollen of the flowers of the plants, if you keep lorikeets as pets you need to serve them special diets. The diets should include nectar replacement commercial diet or a diet that is made by the owner.
Among the commercially available diets there are two varieties that are available in the market and these are dry mix and wet mix. They come in power and the former is fed as is and the latter one is mixed with water to make porridge.
If the birds are given the dry mix then they should be given lots of fresh drinking water and if the birds are given the wet mix they do not need to have much water but a moderate amount of fresh drinking water. In the diet of companion lorikeets fresh fruits and vegetables should also be added daily.
It is preferable that various colored fruits and vegetables should be given to the birds. Often it is seen that the lorikeets love to have spinach or silverbeet leaves which is good for their calcium content. They also like to have pears, grapes, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples and corn on the cob. Since honey is loved by the lorikeets it can be given as reward during training the birds.
Lifestyle of lorikeets
These birds are known as one master bird and therefore it is very important for the owners to maintain a good healthy relationship with the birds. It is also important that all the members of the family maintain a good relationship with the bird too. Since these birds are very friendly and love to entertain they prefer to stay in a place which is most visited by all the members of the family that is either in the dining room or in the living room. They are also outgoing by nature and it is often seen that some species of lorikeet are aggressive in nature than the others. It is recommended that the bird should not be caged for long and should be allowed to roam freely in the house for some time.
Training of lorikeets
Lorikeets are extremely intelligent bird and can be easily trained. If trained properly they can even talk quite well. These birds are good beginners and are excellent pet for those who can devote time to these birds.