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Musk Lorikeets

The Musk is kept in very low numbers as a pet in Queensland as they are harder to come by then in other states. They make a most delightful pet, quieter than the Rainbow, but almost as playful. I am uncertain of their ability to talk, and would suspect that it is not likely to be as good as the Rainbow and Scaly.

The Musk Lorikeet is kept in reasonable numbers in Australian aviaries but has a reputation for being fairly difficult to breed. It is a peaceful bird, and can be successfully housed in a large well-planted aviary with finches, doves and Neophemas. It appears to exhibit no aggression, even during the breeding season. However better results would probably result if they were kept as individual pairs in large suspended flights. Pairs can form very tight bonding.

Musk Lorikeets unlike most parrots don’t eat seed, in the wild lorikeets feed on nectar and pollen from plants and flowers. Pet lorikeets require a nectar replacement diet, which are available at all good pet stores. These mixes come in powder form and there are two main types of nectar replacement,

Dry mix (Lorri-dry) – with dry, plenty of fresh drinking water needs to be made available for the bird.

Wet mix (Lorri-wet) – with wet, their requirements for drinking will be reduced, as the feed contains a large amount of water, however fresh drinking water should still be made available.

Young birds should be feed on both wet and dry mix in separate containers and can later be weaned on to dry mix only.

Musk Lorikeets also need their diet supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird, Your bird with also require vitamin mixed into their water every two to three days. This is to provide essential nutrients commonly deficient in their diet.

Do not feed your bird (or any other bird) avocado, onion, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol.

 

 

Housing

Musk Lorikeets are an active, playful bird that needs suficient room to move around, stretch their wing and play with toys. When choosing a cage keep this in mind and remember the bigger the cage the better off the bird will be.

Select toys that can be chewed, wrestled and played with. Toys with rope, leather, bells and wood. Swing are also important to keep their legs strong and is a form of exercise. Different size perches are important for the bird feet and natural wood is the best.

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Purple Crowned  Lorikeet 

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Varied Lorikeet

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