Iris Lorikeet

Psitteuteles iris

» About 7 to 8" in length and 60 grams in weight
» Endemic to Timor and Wetar Islands, Indonesia
» Uncommon in aviculture
» Rare as a human companion and considered to be nippy little birds, which lowers their potential as a companion
» Due to habitat loss, capture for the pet trade, and its limited range, the Iris Lorikeet is considered to be 
Near Threatened

Powdered diet should be limited. These birds need fresh vegetables and fruits with some seed (germinating seed is usually enjoyed).  

Comments by Jean Gauthier
   Jean Gauthier who worked at the Oasis Parrot Sanctuary in Arizona both lives with lories and was a caregiver for the lories in the sanctuary. She made these comments about Vic, her Iris Lorikeet: "he's not bad for a "nippy little bird", though this is true sometimes."  He is a riot, actually. I had a pair of Goldie's several years ago, and this guy is a very different personality ... much more macho. Your diet info is exactly what his breeder told me, I give him sprouted seed daily with fresh vegetables and limit his nectar. Vic chews far more than my Goldie's did, he actually will chew wooden toys though bells are of course a huge favorite, which he attacks with gusto when you ring one for him. Can't trust him around my smaller parrots AT ALL, he has that fast intense lory jealousy...
   I have a small climbing net in my bedroom and he uses every inch of it the second I let him out. He is a fantastic flier, of course at very high speed. he has to play with every toy and bounce on every swing in record time. but when he gets over-amped he will fly at an intruder. I don't let him out when I have visitors. He has a tendency to go for the face! He can be very cuddly and loves wrestling gently with me ... he gives a little hiss that is adorable! He is a little fascinated with scabs on your hands. I tend to toss him off of me when he is too much of a pest but he comes back like a boomerang over and over ...
   Compared to the Goldie's, his body seems more 'muscled' and with a thicker almost Amazon-like tail and build. Janet likens him to a little Amazon with his facial coloring and the beak is not like the thin Goldie's beak but more like non-lory parrots. He doesn't use his tongue as much as other lory species, I would say it has less noticeable papillae.
   He does love shredding toys as well and games where I rattle the newspaper. That's my trick for getting him back in his cage quickly: I change his paper and rattle it around a little ... then, zip!, he's there to investigate/wrestle or start playing with his toys in his cage. 
   I have been a big fan of lories since getting into parrots as well, so I got a pair of Goldie's first, then when my male lost his mate, I later bought Vic to see if he could grow up to be a companion to my male Goldie's Mitch. That unfortunately turned out to be a mistake, as he became more aggressive to him as he matured so Vic is my one remaining lory and I don't plan to try to find him a companion. He could easily kill or maim another small bird, though he and my Meyer's share my bedroom and are fine with each other as long as cage bars are between them. I once walked into the room absent mindedly with my Half Moon Conure on my shoulder and he immediately saw her and knocked her down to the floor to attack, but I was fast enough separating them that she was unhurt. Lories are just so much stronger than like-sized parrots!!! 




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