Lories and lorikeets are brilliantly colored, playful birds with extroverted personalities and entertaining antics. In general, lorikeets may be slightly smaller than lories in size. Lorikeets have pointed tails; lories have rounded tails. Lories are distinguished from other psittacines by their tongues, which have elongated papillae that form brush-like tips adapted for the collection of pollen and nectar. Due to their curious nature, these birds are often subject to traumatic injuries in captivity. Although they have limited talking ability, they can be noisy, making a variety of high-pitched sounds. Because of their high-carbohydrate, liquid diet and relatively loose droppings, lories may be best appreciated in outdoor aviaries in a temperate climate. Because the birds also enjoy frequent baths, this environment provides the opportunity for them to play in light rains.
The primary consideration for the long-term health of lories is their diet. Improper feeding may lead to stress-induced disease. There are many “lory diets” or nectars on the market that are not safe to feed long term. Many are too high in vitamin A (often containing toxic levels) and are deficient in many other nutrients needed by lories. Pets fed dry diets do fine and are not as messy. The primary disorders traditionally seen in lories, including obesity, liver malfunction, fatty tumors, bone disorders, respiratory diseases, and fungal and yeast infections, are significantly reduced when the birds are fed Harrison’s. In addition, the low levels of iron in Harrison’s formulations reduce the risk of iron storage disease, to which lories are particularly prone.
Recommended Harrison’s Formula for lory and lorikeet adults: High Potency Formula for 3-6 months followed by Adult Lifetime. Recommended Harrison’s Formula for lory and lorikeet chicks: Neonate Formula for the first three weeks of life, then Juvenile Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.