Lorikeets and Lories

The colorful small and medium parrots belonging to the Loriini tribe are commonly known as lorikeets and lories. These arboreal birds are found in different regions of Australia and Asia. There are about 50 species in the group, most being popular as pets in the United States and worldwide. The rainbow lorikeet from Australia is the most recognized type, popular as pets.

Types of Lorikeets and Lories

Types of Lorikeets and Lories

  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Plum-faced Lorikeet
  • Red-fronted Lorikeet
  • Red-flanked Lorikeet
  • Blue-fronted Lorikeet
  • Fairy Lorikeet
  • Pygmy Lorikeet
  • Stella’s Lorikeet
  • Palm Lorikeet
  • Red-throated Lorikeet
  • New Caledonian Lorikeet
  • Collared Lory
  • Blue-crowned Lorikeet
  • Ultramarine Lorikeet
  • Stephen’s Lorikeet
  • Kuhl’s Lorikeet
  • Blue Lorikeet
  • Yellow-billed Lorikeet
  • Orange-billed Lorikeet
  • Josephine’s Lorikeet
  • Duchess Lorikeet
  • Striated Lorikeet
  • White-naped Lory
  • Yellow-bibbed Lory
  • Purple-naped Lory
  • Chattering Lory
  • Meek’s Lorikeet
  • Purple-bellied Lory
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Cardinal Lory
  • Brown Lory
  • Varied Lorikeet
  • Red-chinned Lorikeet
  • Purple-crowned Lorikeet
  • Little Lorikeet
  • Dusky Lory
  • Black Lory
  • Red Lory
  • Yellow-streaked Lory
  • Goldie’s Lorikeet
  • Musk Lorikeet
  • Mindanao Lorikeet
  • Iris Lorikeet
  • Sula Lorikeet
  • Yellow-cheeked Lorikeet
  • Ornate Lorikeet
  • Blue-streaked Lory
  • Blue-eared Lory
  • Black-winged Lory
  • Red-and-blue Lory
  • Violet-necked Lory
  • Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • Sunset Lorikeet
  • Pohnpei Lorikeet
  • Red-collared Lorikeet
  • Olive-headed Lorikeet
  • Marigold Lorikeet
  • Leaf Lorikeet
  • Papuan Lorikeet
  • Biak Lorikeet

The primary characteristic feature setting Loriini birds aside from other parrots is their tongues, specially adapted to their soft fruits and nectar diet. The tongues have bushy tips with small tufts of papillae that help the birds feed.

Lorikeets and Lories as Pets

Lories and lorikeets have a friendly, affectionate temperament and love playing and bonding with humans. Being active birds, they need a lot of space to move around and can be trained to pick up new tricks. However, as they need a lot of care and attention, they are not recommended for kids and first-time bird owners.

They need a diet of fresh fruits and need regular cleaning after.


How long do lories and lorikeets live?

The birds in the Loriini tribe are pretty hardy, with most pet lorikeets and lories living between 10 and 20 years with proper care.

Are any of the lorikeets and lories endangered?

The rainbow lorikeet, most popularly kept as pets, is considered least concern by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). But other rarer species, like the blue and ultramarine lorikeets, are considered vulnerable and endangered. Appropriate measures are being taken by wildlife preservation organizations to restore their populations.