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Question:

June 22, 2021

Will a red lory loose it’s tameness when introduced to a new lorikeet of same sex.


Hi,
I have a tamed female red lory which is 10 months old. We usually spend about 2-3 hrs a day outside her cage. But this is going on worse as she demands more attention outside the cage, which we may not be able to put in more than 3 hrs. We thought of introducing a new lorikeet may be of same age but same sex as well as we are not interested in breeding. Please let us know whether will it be happy if we get her a friend and will both the lory’s be tamed if we continue to play with both for 3 hrs and rest time they both play inside their cage.
Thank you for support.


Answer:

Hi Shailesh,

Generally speaking, when you keep birds in a cage together, they tend to bond with each other and not remain tame. However, there are exceptions, and it has been my experience that Lorys and Lorikeets can be kept in pairs – same sex, or male/female – and remain tame. I had two sets of lories for over 30 years. One pair was sisters, and they remained tame to me and other people for their entire lives. The other pair was a male and female, of different species, and they both also remained very tame. One could be handled by children. I’m not sure why this is, but Zoos found this to be true over 20 years ago when they started having walk in aviaries where the public could handle and feed lories that all lived in the large enclosure. These interactive lory exhibits can still be found in some zoos and animal parks. A local bird shop sold several species of lories and always recommended they be bought in pairs, and in most of the homes, they remained good pets even though they shared a cage.

I would agree for you to get another female if you decide to add another one. But you need to be prepared to have a separate cage to start with. You need to make sure the new bird is completely tame and bonded with you before trying to cage the two birds together. You can begin to introduce them outside of their cages, in order to monitor their interactions. Then eventually let them share a cage under close supervision for the first couple of weeks. I recommend as large of a cage as you have room for. Lories are very active and need a lot of space to exercise and work through their high energy. Mine never slept through the night. They would wake up and talk to each other in the dark. LOL All four of mine had large vocabularies and learned words from each other. Get them plenty of toys, but no bird huts or anything they can get inside of – this can cause unwanted egg laying. Lories love to play on the cage floor – a rarity among most parrots. Get them some floor toys as well as plenty of hanging toys. They love motion – swings, perches with springs, etc. Lories can get into fights that look and sound horrible. The will roll around and look like a ball of feathers with legs sticking out here & there. And they are very noisy when they fight like this. As long as there is no blood being drawn, these fights are normal and are actually just rough playing. Mine never injured each other, but I have heard of lories that needed to be separated because of fighting.

It is certainly worth trying, because it is very hard to handle a lory enough, since they seem to never run out of energy. But only get another one if you are willing to have two cages to start with, and possibly later on if for some reason they do not get along or stop getting along. There are no guarantees when caging birds together, so it’s good to be prepared just in cage. But again, my experience is they do well in pairs and remain tame.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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