Little Lorikeets

A small colony of Little Lorikeets - Glossopsitta pusilla - The smallest of the Aussie Lorrikeets and not much bigger in the body than a "bush" Budgie. Cute as buttons they range from the Tablelands in NQ down the East coast through to the Yorke Peninsular in SA. Also found in Tassie. You will generally hear them before you see them as they like to feed amongst the gum tree blossoms at the roof of the tree canopy. Not commonly kept and are a reasonably expensive species. Not a bird for the beginner.

Musk Lorikeets

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A pair of Musk Lorikeets - Glossopsitta concinna - Named "Musk" as they were said to have a Musk scent about them (no they don't). Commonly kept species with a number of colour mutations now becoming available - normal's are quite cheap and generally readily available. They range from central Qld down the East coast to about the Eyre peninsular of SA. Great aviary specimens who are regular breeders and like their bigger cousins, make excellent hand-raised pets. Tough birds that make good beginners species.

Red Collared Lorikeets

Red-collared Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquatus - Native to the Kimberly region of WA through northern NT to the north western Qld border. Very similar in temperament, antics and husbandry requirements as the Rainbow Lorikeet. A very popular aviary specimen that is much sought after. Like most other lorikeets, they make excellent hand raised pets. As for all Lorikeets, feed on wet and dry Lorry mix with plenty of fruit as a supplement. Do not feed seed.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus - Extremely engaging birds that are generally found throughout the same range as the Rainbow Lorikeet. Very commonly kept and available in a variety of colour mutations. This pair are a normal cockbird and a grey-green (olive) hen. Chicks can be grey-green, normal or splits, it's pot luck.

The same pair with the hen preening the cockbird. Pairs preening is a regular occurrence with Lorikeets. Scaly's make great hand raised pets, and with the rainbow, are great starter birds as they are very free breeders that will bring out at least two clutches a year.

Varied Lorikeets

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A pair of Varied Lorikeets - Psitteuteles versicolor - Quite different to the other Aussie Lorikeets as these birds are sexually dimorphic (sexes can visually determined) and have a white periopthalmic ring (white eye ring). The cock-bird is to the left and the hen to the right. They range from the Kimberly region east through to the mid western areas of NQ. Like the Little Lorikeet, they are at times a pricey bird. Not as gregarious as the other Aussie lorikeets, they are still a sought after specimen.

A pair of Varieds perched in one of their favourite spots. Up high and against the wire. They will often perch like this, upside down, for extended periods of time. It seems to be a common trait with pairs I have had over the years.

Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet

Green-naped Rainbow Lorikeet -Trichoglossus haematodus micropteryx is native to the south eastern region of New Guinea and the south eastern Islands of Misima, Bagabag and Manam. The green –naped is one of twenty-one subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet T. h. haematodus. Australia has two of the sub-specie, the Rainbow Lorikeet T. h. molluccanns, and the Red-collared Lorikeet T. h. rubritorquis.

Housing is generally in suspended flights and we use the same size for all our Lorikeets, 2.4m x 600mm x 900mm high. Nesting boxes of 200mm square x 500mm high is as for the larger Lorikeets. All aspects of husbandry, feeding, breeding and maintenance are as for the Aussie Lorikeets. It must be said however, that they are not as free breeders as our Aussie Lorikeets with two parent reared clutches being the norm per year. The striking dark bands across the orange chest, the green tinged with yellow abdomen and the pale green nape band make these Lorikeets a bit more than special.

The Green-nape is not commonly kept in Aussie  aviculture and their relative rarity gives rise to a cost of $800/1000 of young pairs, when available. The pic is of a Male with the F/male just visible at the spout of the nest box.

Meruake or Pale-headed Rainbow Lorikeet

Meruake or Pale-headed Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus caeruleiceps is native to the south western lower Fly River region of New Guinea. Again, all aspects of husbandry etc are as for the Aussie rainbows. Like the Green-naped, there are not as free breeders as the “locals”. The barring across the chest is not as distinct or striking as the Green-naped and a few others of the non-native Rainbows and they have a very dark green/blue-black abdomen with greenish thighs. The nape colour is similar to the local Rainbow as is the colour of the head. They are not common in Aussie aviculture though generally more available than the Green-naped.

Cost is about $500/600 per young pair when available.

The pic is of a Meruake F/male and normal Rainbow male and highlights the visual difference.