Black Capped Lory

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Lories are very active birds and playful by nature and appreciate a variety of bird toys and entertainment, including ropes, bells, balls, and swings. In captivity, the natural clownish behavior and temperament of Lories make for delightful companions.


The most common species in captivity is, by far, the Rainbow Lorikeet; there are 21 recognized subspecies of Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), the most colorful of which are most prevalent in aviculture. The Red Lory (Eos bornea), Black Lory (Chalcopsitta atra), Chattering Lory (Lorius garrulous), Ornate Lorikeet (Trichoglossus ornatus), Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata), Dusky Lory (Psuedos fuscata) and Violet-nape Lory (Eos squamata) are also fairly common in captivity and as companions in the US and Europe.


Lories love to play, play, play! Playtime activities for lories are different than other parrots and, in fact, they are not generally compatible with other parrots — they will often harass sedentary seedeaters who do not appreciate Lory games. Even the largest Macaw usually will not intimidate any self-respecting Lory! Overall, Lories are not big wood chewers; they prefer paper, leather, cotton or sisal rope and soft or semi-soft fabrics or woods. Favorite Lory toys are often actually cat toys – balls, bells, rattles, etc.

Housing: The minimum cage size for a single lory should be 36" H x 48" L x 24" W or to accommodate a pair the cage dimensions needs to be, at a minimum, 36" H x 60" L x 36" W.

Care should be taken in cage design and placement since the birds have a tendency to squirt their waste matter, which is fairly liquid, behind them with some force. It is not recommended to place the cage behind a delicately decorated wall and on unprotected carpet.

Diet: Several commercial feeds have been developed and are readily available, which greatly facilitates the process of feeding these parrots. They are easy to use -- as most of them just require you to add water (for the nectars) or are fed dry. These diets were developed by professional nutritionists to meet dietary requirements. An all "dry" diet is not recommended. If this is the predominate factor in the diet, fruits and plenty of fresh water should be provided. There are also pelleted diets.

Lories will not do well on a diet too high in protein. 15% should be the maximum. They are highly susceptible to gout and can suffer kidney and liver problems. They should not be fed an amazon type of diet, as they are full of legumes and contain too much protein. The specialized diet of the Lory deserves particular attention. Lories do NOT eat seeds or nuts; the semi-liquid diet consists of fruits, juices, grains, vegetables and blossoms.

Their recommended diet consists of commercial or home-made nectar. Liquid nectar will need to be replaced several times daily. In warm weather every four hours. The main causes of premature death in lories are infections caused by spoiled nectar and/or a poorly balanced, one-sided diet that doesn't meet the special nutritional requirements needed for good health. Liquid nectar will need to be replaced several times daily - in fact, in warm weather it needs to be changed every 4 hours.


Lories also love honey, pollen and fruits, such as apples, papaya, grapes, cantaloupe, pineapple, figs, kiwi, and some vegetables, including corn-on-the-cob. Most any fruit is fine, but I would avoid avocado and pomegranates, as in some cases, lories have become impacted on pomegranates. Lories have also been found to be susceptible to hemochromatosis (iron storage disease) and for that reason I would not offer raisins or other high iron content fruits.(*AvianWeb Note: Raisins have the potential of toxicity in pets if fed in too high a quantity. Caution is advised. Avocado should never be fed to birds as it is highly toxic to them. No Coffee, chocolate or alcohol.)

As with any other bird follow guidelines of basic care, fresh food and water daily. Watch other pets around your bird to ensure they don’t get injured, and never leave them unsupervised as they can get into mischief.

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