How to Feed Rainbow Lorikeets

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Rainbow Lorikeets do not eat seeds.
Rainbow Lorikeets do not eat seeds. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a parrot native to Australia with picky eating habits. Unlike most parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets do not eat dry feed or seeds. Their beaks and tongues are made to consume fruits, vegetables, insects, and nectar as part of their daily diet. This means Rainbow Lorikeet owners must prepare meals by hand on a daily basis.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Deep bowl
  • White sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Whisk
  • Vitamin supplement powder
  • Mixing spoon
  • Ice tray
  • Various fruits and vegetables
  • Paring knife
  • Wooden skewer

Nectar

Boil 1 liter of water on the stove in a large pot.

Mix 130 g of white sugar and 130 g of raw sugar with the boiling water. Allow the solution to completely cool. The solution should be cool to the touch. This process may take up to 20 minutes.

Beat a whole egg with a whisk in a deep bowl until the whites are stiff.

Add the beaten egg to the cooled sugar and water mixture.

Add two scoops of vitamin supplement powder specifically developed for birds to the mixture. Use the scoop provided with the supplement powder.

Stir the mixture thoroughly with a mixing spoon.

Pour the solution into ice trays and let it freeze overnight in the freezer. Defrost the mix before feeding it to the bird.

Vegetables and Fruit

Clean fruit and vegetables thoroughly with distilled water to remove any pesticides from the skin.

Remove any cores, seeds and pits of fruit and vegetables with a sharp paring knife.

Impale fruits and vegetables on a wooden skewer and feed the food whole to the Rainbow Lorikeets.

Tips & Warnings

  • Rainbow Lorikeets are native to Australia. Feed them organic, native fruits from the region such as bananas, papayas, and mangoes as often as possible.
  • Do not feed Rainbow Lorikeets processed food such as cookies or breads. This can harm their digestive systems.

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