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Nature Scenes: Dusky lories are smart, affectionate and entertaining
By Lynn Bowen
posted May 20, 2013 - 9:12:35am
The adorable dusky lory is a petite, 10-inch parrot, which is mainly brown, with an orange band across its upper chest and abdomen. Its hooked beak is orange, and its eyes are red. Males and females look alike. The bird weighs only 3.8 ounces, and is absolutely a bundle of fun, energy and personality.
Dusky lories are native to New Guinea and Indonesia, living in subtropical or tropical rain forests and savannas. They roost in groups of up to 1,000 birds! These social birds seem to always be happy.
The aviary at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa has plenty of playmates for the little lories. While there, I saw about 100 rainbow lories and a few other birds flying, snoozing, eating, sitting or just enjoying the tourists who purchased special food to feed them. Unlike large parrots, which eat mainly seeds and nuts, these birds eat fruit, buds, nectar and pollen. They sit on people's cups of special food, and on the hands and shoulders of their adoring audience.
Since these birds are of least concern in conservation status, they are frequently trapped to be sold at pet stores. As long as potential owners are aware that dusky lories need a large cage and lots of attention, they make great pets. They give themselves daily baths.
One lory owner said her bird climbs into a bowl of shallow water, and the little cutie rolls around in it for his bath. Later, he wraps himself up in a cloth before going to sleep. Oh so adorable. Also, a lory needs many toys for entertainment. He can say a few words if the owner is lovingly persistent with the lessons.
Dusky lories can be aggressive if their territory and possessions are not respected, so no one should tease or taunt them. They are smart, entertaining, curious and affectionate. They live about 30 years if no problems arise.
Whether in the wild, at a zoo, or in a pet owner's home, may all the dusky lories stay happy and healthy!
— Bowen lives in DeLand. Send email to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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