Will Lory and Lorikeet mate?
Lory (photo credit: Ltshears)
Reader Question: Lory and Lorikeet Bird Mating
My male rainbow lorikeet had a mate but lost her when she prolapsed after laying 2 eggs. They say she prolapsed due to lack of calcium but I disagree cos she had baby spinach and fruit every day plus pollen and nectar. Anyway, I bought another female which I thought was a Lorikeet and it turns out she is a Lory (short tail). Will they mate?
They are very affectionate with each other but no love making she tells him off. Can she be still too young? I have checked out numerous sites but nobody actually states that these two are of the same and it is just a name or are they different mutation.
Please put my mind at rest.
ThanksVet Response to Question on Lory Mating
It is unlikely that different species of Lorys/Lorikeets would breed with one another. It is possible that the two individuals might mate, but I doubt the mating would result in a fertile egg. Hybridization can occur under certain circumstances but is rare.
Perhaps it is best if you have two birds who can provide companionship for one another but won’t breed. Successfully breeding birds and raising the young is not always an easy endeavor and is often best left to professional bird breeders.
Jennifer Coates, DVM