Ask Lafeber


May 21, 2020

Egg laying

Females (single) of what species, from your practice, lay the most eggs. Cockatiels, I think, but what else? And how is it with rainbow lorikeet?


Hi Joanna,

I don’t think anyone has put the numbers together, but I think Cockatiels are easily the most common single bird egg machines. And that would be among parrots. Zebra finches are notorious for laying piles of eggs.

I’m not sure if you have a rainbow lory or are thinking of getting one, but Lorys come with their own challenges due to their diet and how far they squirt their droppings. And yes, they will also lay eggs fairly easily in captivity. They are probably the best as far as captive breeding – not that they are easy to breed.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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