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In issue 309 -
When an Older Parrot Has Never Learned Skilful Flight – Complete Psittacine by Eb Cravens
In issue 309 -
Scarlet Macaws – were they really bred by indigenous people in the 12th century? Rosemary Low asks the question
In issue 309 -
Understanding the link between nutrition, hormonal behaviours and the avian endocrine system, Part 1 – The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran
In issue 309 -
The Yellow-eared Parrot – continues to expand its range in Colombia. By David Waugh, Correspondent, Loro Parque Fundación
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Lorikeets for committed breeders

Spreads for web Parrots 278 4

By Rosemary Low

Perhaps you will visit a zoo this year, one with a lory exhibit, where members of the public can enter. They feed these beautiful, apparently fearless birds, with little pots of hand-held nectar. Soon they might have lorikeets swarming all over them! Will you be tempted to add them to your collection? Are they the right birds for you?

These are Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus). They originate in Australia and are the most free-breeding of all lories and lorikeets in aviculture. Where else might you see them? Probably at the big sales events, such as Stafford.

Availability of lories is, sadly, greatly reduced now. There are fewer breeders. It was often the case that breeders went to the huge bird market in Zwolle, in the Netherlands, to buy or exchange birds. Recent legislation means that this is no longer possible, as foreign buyers must declare that the birds have been in the location for two weeks or more. They need special documentation.

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