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Ornate Lorikeet

Maybe you’re thinking of adding a bird to your home and want to know what to expect, or perhaps you already purchased one and want to know exactly what you need.Either way, we break down everything that you need to know to care for these beautiful birds properly. That way, they can have a happy and healthy life.

Species Overview

Common Names: Ornate Lorikeet
Scientific Name: Trichoglossus ornatus
Adult Size: 10 inches
Life Expectancy: 10 to 20 years

Origin and History

Originally from the Sulawesi region of Indonesia, the Ornate Lorikeet quickly gained popularity in the pet industry due to their litany of beautiful colors.

In Indonesia, you can find these beautiful birds in woodlands, mangroves, and plantations, typically in pairs or larger flocks. While they were once far more common in the U.S. pet industry, they’re a bit more challenging to care for than other Lorikeets, and today, they aren’t as popular.


Like most Lorikeets, the Ornate Lorikeet has a sweet and affectionate disposition. They love spending time with their owners and are extremely social birds.

Just keep in mind that if they’re not getting enough attention from you, their tame behavior can turn aggressive, and this is an extremely difficult problem to address.

If you’re looking to have multiple birds or pair your birds with larger pets, such as dogs, the Ornate Lorikeet makes a great companion if socialization is consistent and often.

Keep in mind that you can house multiple birds together, but you need to ensure that you have enough space for all of them, as the Ornate Lorikeet can become a bit territorial. Finally, keep in mind that like all Lorikeets, the Ornate Lorikeet is extremely intelligent. While this is great for training and tricks, it does mean they tend to try to escape and make your life a little more frustrating.

Speech & Vocalizations

Part of their high intelligence is the fact that Ornate Lorikeets make great vocal companions. They can learn plenty of words and phrases, which is always fun for bird owners.

However, birds with the ability to vocalize tend to do just that. So, if you’re looking for a quieter bird or live close to neighbors, the Ornate Lorikeet isn’t a good match. These birds are noisy even when they’re not trying to talk.

Ornate Lorikeet Colors and Markings

While parrots are known for their colorful plumage, the Ornate Lorikeet makes many parrot variations look drab in comparison. They have a dark green belly and upper tail, with spots of green on the wings.

From there, they have yellowish/green thighs and an extremely colorful head. Above the beak is a purple/blue color, and just under that, it’s a bright red color.

The chest to head area contains stripes of red and blue, and along the back of the head is more bright yellow plumage. Their beak is also a bright red and is a standout feature on these birds.

Both female and male Ornate Lorikeets look identical, so telling the two apart can be challenging without the help of an experienced vet.

Caring for the Ornate Lorikeet

Caring for any bird requires a bit of work, but the Ornate Lorikeet is not for a beginner birder. They are extremely sensitive to temperature changes and are more prone to health problems if you don’t keep up with husbandry requirements.

If you plan on getting an Ornate Lorikeet, get a cage that’s at least 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 3 feet tall. With an Ornate Lorikeet, bigger is always better, so don’t think that you can overwhelm them with too large of an enclosure.

Choose a metal cage so your Lorikeet can’t tear it apart with their beak. The bars need to be between 5/8” and ¾” apart to keep them from hurting themselves or getting stuck.

From there, you need to spend anywhere from 4 to 6 hours with them outside of their enclosure every day and keep plenty of toys and perches for them inside their enclosure.

Rotate these toys every few days to keep the bird from mastering any of them and keep them entertained. You’ll also need to clean the bottom of and around their cage every day, as these birds are extremely messy eaters.

You need to take the time to bathe them occasionally and give them access to water at all times. It’s also a good idea to clip their wings after each molt. That way, it’s easier to handle them, and it’s less likely that they’ll escape.

Common Health Problems

While the Ornate Lorikeet is a relatively healthy pet, they are a bit more susceptible to health problems compared to other Lorikeet species. Chief among these concerns are respiratory issues and digestive system distress.

While you can avoid these problems with proper husbandry, there’s less room for novices to make mistakes. Another potential health concern is Lorikeet paralysis syndrome. While the exact cause is unknown, this condition is fatal.

Finally, without enough attention and care, these birds are prone to depression and self-mutilating behaviors. Complicating the matter is that if these birds don’t get enough attention, they can become aggressive toward their owners, making it hard to care for them properly.

Diet and Nutrition

Feeding a Lorikeet is far more challenging than for typical parrots. Lorikeets eat a liquid diet of nectar and flower pollen. You need to prepare their food two to three times a day, and you must make it fresh every time.

They eat for at least 3 hours each day, and it’s best if you monitor them during this time. Lorikeets can eat fruit, flowers, and other vegetables about twice a day, but they need the nectar to survive.

You must discard all food after 2–3 hours because bacteria growth will start to occur, and this can make your bird sick.

Unlike many birds that require a pellet-based or seed-based diet, these can damage an Ornate Lorikeets tongue and are extremely detrimental to them.


In the wild, Ornate Lorikeets are used to flying around for miles at a time, so while they’re in captivity, you need to supply them with as much exercise as possible. This includes perches in their enclosure and plenty of things for them to climb around on.

However, it doesn’t matter how many obstacles you put in their enclosure, you still need to take your Ornate Lorikeet out of their cage several times a day for a minimum of 3 hours.

Some Ornate Lorikeets will require even more time out of their enclosure each day to help with exercise and boredom.


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Ornate lorikeet for sale The ornate lorikeet for sale is a mainly green parrot about 25 cm (10.0 in) long. Its head above its eyes is purple-blue and its face below its eyes is red. There is red at back of the head and yellow behind the eyes. It does not have a collar at the back of the neck that rainbow lorikeets have. Its chin to chest has transverse strips and bars of red and blue. Its abdomen is green with sparse variable yellow scalloping. The beak is orange-red, the irises are dark orange, the eye-ring is dark grey, and the legs are grey. Best to buy ornate lorikeet , Order ornate lorikeet online It averages 10 inches in length and weighs about 4 oz. The crown is dark purplish-blue. There are yellow side patches on the nape. The back of the nape is reddish orange. The chin and throat and most of face is reddish-orange. The back and the wings are bright green. The wing primaries (= longest wing feathers) (longest wing feathers) are tipped blackish. The underwing is black with yellow and green. The chin and the chest are reddish barred with dark blue. The belly is dark green and the thighs are yellow-green. The upper tail is dark green with yellowish tips and the under tail is yellowish and pinkish at the base. The beak and the irises are orange and the legs are grey-green. Best to buy ornate lorikeet , Order ornate lorikeet online Both males and females look alike. ORNATE LORIKEET BREEDING They may start breeding in September to October. The hen incubates the eggs for about 24 to 27 days and the young fledge when they are about 80 days old. Diet of Ornate Lorikeet Nectar, either a commercial type or homemade from: lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh once or twice daily; fruit should be given once or twice daily including: apple, orange, pear, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits; one or more of the following vegetables” carrot, corn on the cob or unsalted canned sweet corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, so thistle, chickweed, dandelion; rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly



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