Rainbow Lorikeets were introduced to Australia in the 1960s and quickly grew in population size. Their natural habitat is rainforest, costal bush and woodland areas.
Due to not being native the Rainbow Lorikeet is both loved and hated by Australians, so let’s consider – are they a pet or a pest?
Why are Rainbow Lorikeets a pest in the wild?
Rainbow Lorikeets can be aggressive towards other native parrots, especially around nesting hollows. This prevents other native parrots from nesting, and since the introduction of the bird they have been known to throw Australian Ringneck nestlings from their home.
This is the key reason they are considered pests in Australia, and research has shown they disrupt the balance of native Australian birds and wildlife.
Why do Rainbow Lorikeets make good pets?
Putting the issues with Rainbow Lorikeets in the Australian environment aside, many Australians keep them as pets.
Whilst these birds are known to be aggressive around other parrots, as pets they are beautiful birds who love human company. Owners of Rainbow Lorikeets will tell you how chatty these birds are, with a playful and highly interactive nature. Simply put, they quickly become a part of the family.
They love to entertain and show off their bubbly personalities, both to you and your guests.
Rainbow Lorikeets also enjoy the company of the same species, especially when raised from a nestling upwards. There’s a saying about two birds being better than one, which is true for these birds.
Why do they NOT make a good pet?
Before you go out and buy one, lets take a look at the flipside.
Rainbow Lorikeets are messy.
Their feaces needs to be cleaned every other day, as if it isn’t it quickly becomes very unpleasant. Loris can also projectile deficate from their cage, which is due to their daily nectar diet along with fresh fruit.
Some owners prefer to use dry nectar as opposed to wet nectar which can help make their poops less “squirty”.
Lorikeets like to splash around in their water baths, usually twice per day, meaning the water goes all over the floor. You’ll be surprised at the mess they can make.
Male and Female Loris appear the same, so if you have two then it’s worth getting a DNA analysis by a vet.
Like other parrots Rainbow Lorikeets can be noisy, so make sure you get on with your neighbours if they’re in close proximity!
Do you own a Rainbow Lorikeet? Are they a pest or a pet?