Black Cap Lory
Black-capped Lories is found in New Guinea and adjacent smaller islands. It is a colorful and relatively robust lory. They are popular pet birds due to their intelligence, entertaining personality and stunning beauty. They make excellent talkers and form very strong bonds with their owners.
Black Cap Lories are a medium sized stocky bird with a short, slightly rounded tail, average height about 31cm. They have green wings, red head and upper body, a black cap and blue legs and belly.
They are affectionate, curious, talkative and clowny characters, known for their playfulness. They love toys that make noise, such as bells. They enjoy hanging on ropes and are quite “mechanical.”
Black Cap Lories are very active and require large cages as well as supervised out-of-cage time.
When selecting a cage, it is important to select the largest cage you can afford, remember the bigger the cage the happier the bird. Black Cap Lories are very active birds, you will need room for many toys, perches, food/water dishes, as well as sufficient space for them to move around.
Select toys that make noise, such as bells and that they can climb, such as ropes. You will need to provide them items for chewing and branches from trees, such as eucalypts, bottlebrush, acacias or Grevillia’s. Branches should be washed before placed in the cage.
Black Cap Lories have specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar and soft fruits. They can feed from the flowers of about 5,000 species of plants and use their specialised tongues to take the nectar. The tip of their tongues have tufts of papillae (extremely fine hairs), which collect nectar and pollen.
Black Cap Lorries unlike most parrots don’t eat seed, in the wild lorikeets feed on nectar and pollen from plants and flowers. Pet lorikeets require a nectar replacement diet, which are available at Birdsville. These mixes come in powder form and there are two main types of nectar replacement,
Dry mix (Lorri-dry) – with dry, plenty of fresh drinking water needs to be made available for the bird.
Wet mix (Lorri-wet) – with wet, their requirements for drinking will be reduced, as the feed contains a large amount of water, however fresh drinking water should still be made available.
Young birds should be feed on both wet and dry mix in separate containers and can later be weaned on to dry mix only.
Black Cap Lories also need their diet supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Spinach or silverbeet leaves are important to provide calcium for the bird, due to the shape of their beak and tongue they will rarely use a cuttlefish. Your bird with also require vitamin mixed into their water every two to three days. This is to provide essential nutrients commonly deficient in their diet.
Do not feed your bird (or any other bird) avocado, onion, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol.
Introducing your new bird to existing birds
Once you take your bird home you should keep it in a separate cage and allow the bird to adjust accordingly. Always allow at least 2 weeks before introducing the bird to an existing bird.
The cage requires regulars cleaning and old food shouldn’t ‘be allowed to accumulate in the cage, on perches or in feeders. Water should be changed daily basics.
Your bird will need to be wormed in a few weeks to two month after being taken home (check with the staff from Birdsville, when purchasing). Worming will need to be done every 6 month.
Lice & Mites
These are the two most common parasites of cage birds and their environment, but are easily controlled with a Mite and Lice spray, available at Birdsville. When using spray, spray bird, entire cage, perches, nesting box and toys, remember to remove all water and
feed and avoid spraying in birds’ eyes.
This is an important factor of having a well behaved hand raised bird. The bird need to be
handle in a quiet, relxed situation, but don’t over stress your bird in the first few weeks of taking it home. The more time you spend with your bird, the better your bird will become.
Black Cap Lories expected lifespan is 28+ years, provided their specific dietary needs are met. They are quite easily bred and reach matures at 8 month or later. Males and females look alike and breeders depend on DNA or endoscopic sexing to determine their gender.
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