Red lory care guide

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The Red Lory is one of the most popular birds found in the homes of avian fanciers, just like a very similar bird such as the Rainbow Lorikeet, which despite being both lories come from another subfamily. Being such an eye-catching, friendly, intelligent bird and playful personality will certainly arouse the interest of many people who are looking to be part of this beautiful bird world. But the sad reality is that if you are a beginner in this area it is best to look for a bird that is better suited to your needs, and that is not such a big challenge for you. This is because, despite its good reputation, the Red Lory is often a challenge for some owners due to its breeding requirements. For this reason, it is quite vital that you are well aware of the decision you make when adopting a pet to avoid problems, and dissatisfaction on both sides. If you are interested in adopting these wonderful birds of beautiful color. I invite you to read a little and enjoy your visit to my website. 


The Red Lory goes by other names, such as the Moluccan Lory or the Moluccan Red Lory, with its scientific name Eos bornea from the Psittaculidae family. Part of its name comes from its place of origin, being an island in Indonesia under the name of Maluku islands, kai islands or The Moluccan. Like its relative Rainbow Lorie, it comes from islands near Australia such as New Guinea and Indonesia. So, it is usually more comfortable in their natural habitat, tropic environments, such as tropical moist lowland forests, tropical mangrove forests, and rainforests. They are usually easy to acquire or get as they are found in abundance in pet stores or in those specialized in pet birds. 

Among the subspecies of Red Lory you can find;

  • Eos bornea bornea
  • Eos bornea rothschildi
  • Eos bornea cyanonothus 
  • Eos bornea bernsteini 


You’re probably reading this article because of its beautiful reddish plumage, which is certainly a color that stands out as being so vivid similar to those you can see in the Macaws. This wonderful and well-known parrot is considered a small to medium size pet, reaching 10 to 12 inches and a weight that ranges between 5 to 6 ounces. So, it may well be comfortable to handle or have inside the house. They are also known as buru red lory, however, the color of their plumage is not completely red. They have a shade of blue on their wings that do not have a shape as such, so they seem to have a touch of blue splash and a darker shade on their feathers tips. Besides this, they have a brownish beak, white spots on their face, a red tail and a ventral part of their body. Also, this “eos Rubra” is confused with the blue eared lory or the blue streaked lory because of their resemblance.

Under proper care and handling, a Red Lory has an average life span of up to 30 years, but could well drop to 15 years depending on circumstances. In case you want to start breeding them, these birds reach sexual maturity at 8 months on average, lay up to 3 eggs and the incubation period lasts almost a month. They can take up to 50 days to leave the nest. It is important that you have space, equipment, time, and knowledge to carry out this task.


The Red Lory is an extremely intelligent pet, not as intelligent as an African Grey but they tend to learn words with certain ease before repeating them (mimic). They are very active, humorous, sociable with their family, and have an excellent outgoing personality. Of course, putting all these aspects together sounds like an excellent idea and an amazing pet for the family environment, but it could well mean some problems. Birds with this type of personality tend to demand time and dedication from their owners or family members, so they do not deal well with loneliness or long periods of your absence, even if you get them toys may not be enough to meet their needs. If you are thinking of acquiring one of these beautiful birds you must be able to care for it to its heart’s content and deal with its disastrous way of eating and evacuating. They may not be as easy to carry as a Parakeet but they also don’t go as far as a Cockatoo in terms of their needs. Being a pet that lies somewhere in between these species that are usually common in homes, may well be the cause of their popularity along with their beautiful coloring. 

One thing you should always be aware of is the curiosity that Red Lory has, although it is not unique to this species. Even when they are inside their cages, they usually look for something to discover from the moment you turn your back on them, so they are not to be trusted. One recommendation I can give you is to adopt a Red Lory that has been hand raised and hand-fed as they are the ones that have a better relationship with people, as they are used to this type of close and direct contact. Having that level of trust with the person who is their guardian is what in part makes the difference between a trained pet bird and one with manners, so it is up to you, both literally and figuratively, the outgoing in this type of scenario, about the type of bird you are going to have for so long by your side as long as you provide it with, in addition to everything I have mentioned, daily health care and control. Those birds that have been raised by their parents or that have been abandoned usually represent a challenge for their new owners, but it is not and should not be a determining or limiting factor in this aspect. Everyone deserves a second chance and if they have acquired a rebellious and problematic attitude it will be thanks to negligent and selfish owners. As bad as it may sound is the reality since you are taking home a bird that despite having time being a domesticated animal, still has its wild side that they carry in their genes. If you are not up to the task of keeping a Red Lory or any other species of bird, the best thing you can do is look for another type of animal or none at all. Do not expose any animal to anything that is not guilty, even if you want to acquire a pet because it is flashy or popular, not all of them have the same personality and you must be very clear that an educated bird does not come on a silver platter, so you must work and dedicate yourself to it from the beginning.

I say this both for the sake of the pet and for the sake of your neighbors. I hope you know how noisy birds can be, and if you have neighbors who are sensitive it is best to establish a good relationship with them and warn them at least of your new acquisition or that you plan to do so in the near future. The fact that you adopt a pet does not mean that everyone has to behave like an animal, so it is important that you as an owner take responsibility and always take the first step before anything else, preventing any inconvenience or accident. You can teach your Red Lory several words that she will certainly use to entertain your family, but they don’t always grasp what you want to teach them. It is possible that your Moluccan Lory will acquire the sound of an alarm or if there are problems inside the house she can take the same attitude, and respond with shouts similar to those that surround her. Being something that does not depend only on your training but also on your living together, you must be in sync with the rest of your family or the people you live with to avoid problems where they should not exist. You will always have at your disposal trained and credentialed people who can help you during this process as delicate and important as your pet’s youth. Even though they may be young and have a rebellious attitude, a young pet is malleable and easier to handle than an adult who has already acquired their habits. The training will not be only for your active bird, as I have mentioned, the family must work together and as a good team, they will be with your new Moluccan bird, especially for the time it will spend outside its cage living more closely with the family or guests. The little ones in the house are best kept under surveillance to avoid any inconvenience.


The cage should have enough space to allow your bird to move freely without problems, taking into account the accessories or toys that will have inside it. Remember that it is a very active and curious bird, so a toy will be your best ally in cases where you can’t be watching your little feathered friend, and you can prevent it from getting hurt or making more of a mess than it already does. Even if it is a solution, you must learn to use this tool to keep it always in your favor. Certainly, a Red Lory loves toys, but leaving her only one type of toy for a long time is not going to solve your life, much less your bird’s. Imagine being locked in captivity in a small room with the same toy or console for a month with nothing else to do, even I would become Wreck-it Ralph (I’M GONNA WRECK IT!) and throw it at you as soon as I can get an opening. Pets are often compared to children, so you must always maintain a level of caution, consideration, and a lot of patience so that everyone can understand each other and not have problems in their coexistence or day to day.

In case you have any doubts about the handling and the aspects to take into account the cage, I invite you to read my article about the care and management of pet birds, where I hope you get everything you want to know and can clarify most of your doubts. It will not be a specific guide for this species but it is something in general for those who are looking to start a feathered life or to reinforce their knowledge about the subject.

Food is more than fundamental to any living being so your Red Lory is no exception, even more so when some owners overlook this type of care without knowing the risks to which their pets are exposed when suffering from certain diseases, due to deficiency or excess of nutrients due to the negligence of their guardians. The Red Lory diet is based on fruit and nectar, but this does not mean that this is the only thing you can or will use. In pet stores, you can find other types of food that can help you maintain a balanced diet as long as it is recommended by your avian veterinarian. Remember to consult your vet with any doubts you may have before inventing something that could harm your pet, even if your intentions are good. For example, knowing that their diet is based on soft or liquid food, this creates an ideal environment for pathogens being perishable food. Fungi and bacteria take advantage of these conditions and usually generate problems in the Red Lory. If it were the case of another bird, as I commented in the article about care, changing their dishes of food and water daily is enough to keep the cage clean and free of pathogens, as their diet is based on something that decomposes so quickly it is best to make these changes or cleaning during the day as many times as may be necessary. 

A disease that is usually very common in these birds is hemochromatosis or iron storage disease, which as its name indicates is a disorder that can be fatal by accumulating so much iron in the tissues. It is believed that the cause is due to their diet or could be hereditary, so visits to the vet should be constant rather than a habit and to adopt your Red Lory from a reputable breeder or a place where they can give you information about this or any other type of disease that other birds belonging to the same flock as your new pet may have. 

I hope this little guide about the Red Lory has been useful to you and helps you to make such an important decision when adopting this wonderful parrot as long as it is in good hands. If you think I have missed something or if you have any doubts please let me know in the comment section down below. 

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