Rainbow Lory


Rainbow lories make excellent pets and are a bit clownish. The Rainbow lory is considered to be an interactive bird, although some can be nippy as they age, according to Margrethe Warden, an American Lory Society director and lory breeder. Rainbow lories are active and feisty and fearlessly go after any challenge that faces them.

Behavior / Health Concerns

Rainbow lories have a tendency to be vocal and scream, but they are less nippy than other species of lories. Rainbow lories can also be extremely territorial, sometimes protecting their status in the flock to the death. All lories are susceptible to hemochromatosis (iron storage disease) and visceral gout. Rainbow lory birds require a low-protein and low-iron diets that consist largely of fruit and nectar. Rainbow lories do not usually eat seed and most breeders do not recommend giving rainbow lories a pellet diet. Opt for fesh fruits, vegetable and sprouts instead. Lories also have a nearly liquid stool that make constant cleaning a must.

Expert Advice

“If Pionus are considered perch potatoes, then lories are like parrots on crack. You may get that occasional nip, but it’s offset because they’re so much fun.”

Margrethe Warden, an American Lory Society director and bird breeder

Breed Details

Native Region:
Indonesia, Australia
Small, 10 inches
Life Expectancy:
up to 20 years
Noise Level:
Talk / Trick Ability: