These specialty petbirds are all bred in Canada by caring aviculturists.
|Common Name||Swainson's Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet|
|Latin Name||Trichoglossus moluccanus
|Average Lifespan||25 years|
|Average Length||12 inches|
|Average Weight||135 g|
Noise Level & Vocalization
Usually chirps and chitters, commonly mimic sounds and noises they have heard and grew fond of. They are capable of being quite loud and can produce a short, high-pitched squawk. This is not a noise they make frequently, though. Speech capabilities are somewhat limited, but these birds can certainly learn how to talk.
They call them rainbow lorikeets for a reason! These birds have a bright orange beak and metallic, violet-blue head that transitions to their green back with a limey nape. The breast is bright yellow, orange, and red with a deep, indigo blue belly. The underside of the tail is yellowish, and the green pantaloons in some specimens may have orange, red, or blue speckling. The full ROYGBIV of the beautiful weather phenomenon. The iris on mature individuals is orangey red.
Young birds have similar but somewhat duller colouring to their parents. The beak is brown-grey instead of orange, the iris is dark, and the head may be partly black.
A feature that few people aside from those who own lories get to see first hand is the unique tongue! Lories and lorikeets evolved a "brush-tip" on their tongue to aid them in eating nectar and pollen; a large part of their diet in the wild.
If playful, energetic, and sassy is what you're looking for then this may be a bird to consider! If a can of redbull had feathers, this would be it. Rainbow lorikeets are fun, hilarious, and loving birds. They can be testy, especially if measures aren't being taken to prevent hormonal behaviour. Generally these birds are not recommended to people who are new to birds. The commitment to ownership is a little bit more involved than some other types of birds. The waste produced by these birds does tend to be messier than what many parrots produce, however, this is also largely affected by what the bird is eating.
Lorikeets require a specialized diet, and their health will decline rapidly if fed a "standard parrot" diet for any length of time. These birds evolved specific digestive systems that are not meant to process and digest "hard" food items like seeds. They do well eating specially formulated powder diets, lory nectars, lory-specific pellets, and fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers*. It is best to use sweet fruits as treats, since seeds and nuts should not be given to lories. These birds do have a tendency of developing iron storage disease if proper consideration is not given to the iron content in their foods.
*not all flowers are safe to feed, always check with reliable sources
These are very active and energetic birds. They will use as much space as you can provide them. Toys and perches should be made of materials that can easily be cleaned. Lorikeets love mechanical toys with lots of moving parts and different textures.
|Age of Maturity||16 months - 2 years
|Breeding Aviculture||Somewhat Common|
|Average Clutch Size||2 - 3 Eggs. Extremely rarely more than 2 babies|
|Nest Box||8 x 8 x 18 Inches|
|Breeding Life||20 Years|
Decreasing - Least Concern
Last assessed October 2016 for the IUCN Red List.
- Our website has an abundance of information about species, behaviour, talking ability, and ownership essentials you may need to begin. This is a great place to start narrowing down your search for the bird best suited for your family. Once you have researched various bird species and narrowed down your choices, please contact us via phone or email to create an appointment to meet the birds and ask any questions you may have in regards to care, nutrition, and the best fit for your home.
- We will set up a date and time for you to meet the bird(s). We will notify you of our current protocols and procedures. If you have decided on a specific bird, we recommend that you put a deposit on it. Birds will not be held without a minimum 50% deposit. If you put down a deposit before meeting the bird and after meeting the bird decide it is not a good fit, we can refund your the deposit in full. If you are placing a deposit prior to meeting a bird, your appointment to meet the bird must be within the following week.
- If you are meeting a bird(s) that is not weaned, you will not be able to take the bird home that same day. If you are meeting a bird that is weaned, and you are properly prepared to have the new bird in your home, we will go over a care sheet and answer any questions you have during your appointment. If that is too soon, and your home is not ready, you can book a pick-up appointment within the following week. Again, to reserve a bird you must put down at least a 50% deposit or payment in full.
- When your bird is weaned and ready to go home you will receive an email with the following information
• A link to our care sheet in printable PDF form.
• A link to book a timeslot for your care sheet / bird pick-up.
• A link to the food your bird is eating as well as toys, treats, and other essential items to start your new adventure!
- Read the care sheet, write down any questions you have, ensure you’ve got the correct food and a proper variety of toys and perches, as well as a suitable cage. Then book your pick-up appointment! Please show up within 5 minutes of the appointment start time. If you have a carrier for your new bird, feel free to bring it. We can provide a travel box if needed.
If you have additional questions about how to purchase one of our birds please take a look at our FAQ's for purchasing a new bird:
Before You Buy
We offer a seven-day health guarantee on our handfed birds. A mandatory educational care sheet will be gone over at time of purchase. You must provide your bird with suitable shelter, food, water, vitamins and minerals from time of purchase.
We suggest that within three days (72 hours) of purchase, you bring your bird to an avian vet for a complete examination. This is at the cost of the pet owner. Should any health problem occur or be discovered, inform us IMMEDIATELY, with a written report otherwise the health guarantee is void. Any veterinary fees at this point need to be cleared by Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.
The health guarantee does not apply if there is another bird in your home that was not purchased from Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc. or if the bird leaves the store unclipped.
We cannot guarantee the gender or temperament of your bird. Our handfed birds are tame but may take some time to adjust to their new surroundings. The more time is spent socializing with your pet bird after they have settled into your household, the better your relationship with your pet will be. After the seven day period any warranty will be at the discretion of Exotic Wings & Pet Things Inc.