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Scaly Breasted Lorikeet
There are 7 recognised species of lorikeet in Australia.
- Rainbow lorikeet
- Red collared lorikeet
- Musk Lorikeet
- Varied Lorikeet
- Little Lorikeet
- Purple Crowned Lorikeet
- AND…The Scaly breasted lorikeet
Of these species there are 3 main Lorikeets species that are more kept as pet birds as opposed to ornamental or aviary birds. The Rainbow Lorikeet is, without a doubt, the most commonly known followed by the Red Collared Lorikeet.
The Scaly Breasted Lorikeet is thought, by some, to be a young Rainbow Lorikeet however once you get to know this species you will find that they are very different from your Rainbows and Red Collars.
Bright green in colour with small yellow feathers flecked throughout the breast area along with a bright red beak, these birds are extremely endearing to look at. They have an inquisitive nature and loyal personality and are extremely intelligent pets. They are easy to train and, once settled with their prospective owners, can be prolific talkers. The average lifespan of a Scaly Breasted Lorikeet can be up to 15 years or more, making them a constant companion for years to come.
Lorikeets have a nectar based diet, of which there are many different varieties available for purchase. In addition to their wet and dry nectar mixes, loads of fresh fruit and vegetables, native flowers and certain garden flowers help to keep your bird happy and healthy. As a sweet treat you can purchase specific fruit treat bars for your lorikeet to enjoy and liquid nectar to spoil them with. A high quality vitamin supplement is a good addition to any birds diet. Mite and lice spray should be used at least once a month and lorikeets should be wormed every three months using a good quality wormer.
Scaly breasted lorikeets grow to an average size of around 23cm making them a fun size package of entertainment. These birds have the ability to learn to speak and can easily be toilet trained to help integrate them into a family with minimal impact. These birds thoroughly enjoy toys ranging from the simplest foot toys to shiny, dangly toys and also mind stimulating foraging toys. These birds love their owners, making discipline a must when training. (Our specialist bird staff can help more with individual cases)
Minimum cage size should be approximately 30”x35”x20”. These birds are highly energetic and need space to move to prevent the undesirable effects of boredom. Most pet owners do work, so keep in mind the average time spent in a cage on a general work day and how much room will be taken up by toys when deciding on your bird’s cage.
Scaly Breasted Lorikeets also come in a variety of colour mutations ranging from a dark olive green through to cinnamons, mustards and lutino(yellow). Scaly Breasted Lorikeets do seem to be harder to come by now days however I personally recommend them when it comes to deciding what member of the feathered variety you would like to join your family. Highly enjoyable, thoroughly entertaining and endearingly loyal your only problem will be having to put them back in their cage at the end of the day!