The rainbow lorikeet: who is this parrot? Breeding tips and best practices

The rainbow lorikeet is very pretty birds with colorful plumage, a real painter’s palette, which can be raised in an aviary but provided you respect the breeding practices concerning them. Let’s get to know his Australian birds and see what their needs are to live happy and healthy in captivity.

The rainbow lorikeet features

The rainbow lorikeet and loriquets are birds native to Australia and New Zealand. They belong to the Psittacidae family and the Loriinae subfamily. Generally, these two terms are used to designate subspecies based on the length of their tails. Thus, those with long cone-shaped tails are called loriquets and those with rounded and short tails, loris. It is also sometimes possible to distinguish one from each other by their cries, to note that the Loris is able to imitate the song of many birds of their environment.

The rainbow lorikeet is stocky birds between 20 and 32 cm in size, while loriquets are more slender but do not exceed 25 cm. There are no real rules for distinguishing males from females since only a few subspecies show significant differences such as a straight tail in males and trapeze in females, but this fate does not seem at all unanimous.

The rainbow lorikeet diet

The diet of The rainbow lorikeet is varied as it is both granivorous, frugivore, insectivorous, and nectarivorous. This bird feeds on seeds, fruit seeds, ripe fruit juice, insects but also nectar and pollen that it harvests on flowers thanks to its tongue very similar to a brush. The diet of the Loris in captivity must be made up:

The diet of The rainbow lorikeet in captivity must be made up:

  • Water that’s always clean,
  • Protein up to 25%,
  • From nectar either to a mixture or powder,
  • A semi-liquid homemade pate made from apple, pollen, semolina or rice, dates, powdered milk or fresh milk, milk-cooked flours (soy, oatmeal), a hint of honey, a little fruit compote, or even a little vegetable soup if you want to reduce the proportion of milk.

It is also possible to buy The rainbow lorikeet -specific food from some pet shops and specialists.

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Tips for raising The rainbow lorikeet in the best conditions


These birds require space and a room that is easy to clean because they are very dirty in their environment, especially because of their liquid droppings. Breeders opt for tiled floors and walls. But in addition to space, you have to plan two aviaries.

To raise The rainbow lorikeet, it is necessary to have a large indoor aviary of at least 100 cm in length for both height and 80 cm width, for a torque. It is very important that this aviary is raised from the ground by at least 90 cm. Another outdoor aviary, also raised, but larger than the first is also needed. Its dimensions can be about 200 cm high and length and 80cm wide. Ideally, the Loris can switch from one aviary to another, at least when the outside temperature allows. They must operate in an environment (indoors or outdoors) of at least 15oC. It is therefore essential, in our latitudes, to provide small heating for the premises.

These birds must have a full-bottomed nest with holes, with a flight hole 10 cm in diameter and ideal dimensions 40 cm high and 25 x 25 cm high. The bedding of wood chips is perfect for the nest. It needs to be changed regularly. As for the bottom of the aviaries, it must be covered with a sand insufficient layer, to be changed every 8 to 12 months.

The rainbow lorikeet likes to swim on a daily basis. So we put a little bathtub in them. And the rest of the aviary’s equipment consists of high perches, troughs, two feeders in order to separate the different types of food.

They are very lively, cheerful birds with a strong character, and are very interested in everything around them. Observers, curious, they make high-pitched cries to greet their breeder when they have become accustomed to him. It is essential that hygiene is impeccable, in the aviaries as in the local, but also in the nest, as well as in the accessories. However, there is no guarantee that the breeder will succeed in breeding his The rainbow lorikeet in captivity.