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    How To Feed a Lory or Lorikeet

    ArticleParrot AdviceFriday 25 February 2011
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    Lories and lorikeets are very closely related to parrots and parakeets, so many bird owners believe that they need the same diet. This is not true. Unlike parrots, wild lories eat nectar and pollen and need completely different diets. They are prone to gout and kidney and liver illnesses so should not be fed high-protein diets.

     

    Lories eat nectar products. You can buy commercially-made nectar for lories. This needs to be around 80-90% of a lory or lorikeet’s diet. Wet nectar is usually preferred by lories although dry nectar is fine too.

     

    Like most birds, lories and lorikeets should eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, being about 5% of their diet. Like parrots, they are allergic to avocadoes. They are also allergic to dry seeds, raisins and prunes.

     

    Lories will crush fruit in their beak to drink the juice, unlike most birds. This can be messy and will require regular cage cleaning.

     

    Like all birds, make sure your lory or lorikeet gets plenty of water from a drinker.

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