I’ve now shared my home with a Green-Naped Lorikeet for 3 years and let me tell you… It’s been an interesting 3 years. Green-Naped Lorikeets are a part of the Rainbow Lorikeet subspecies. So often times, people will say rainbow and they will be referring to the green-naped or they could be referring to one of the other lories that also fall under a rainbow ex. Swainson lorikeet.
As you can see from the image above a Green-naped lorikeet is not very big often around 28 cm in length. The body is mostly dark green with the exception of the head, chest and a bit of yellow streaks through the legs. The head is a beautiful dark blue and the chest is red with blue-black stripes. The beak is a bright orange but when they are young their beaks are black. As they get older the beak changes from black to orange. Their eyes are a reddish-brown color and their feet are grey. Also let’s not forget that their nape is a lime greenish-yellow color. Other subspecies that fall under the “rainbow” family may look very similar but there will be differences for example: the chest is red but doesn’t have the blue-black stripes, that is NOT a Green-naped.
Green-napes are one of the easiest lorikeets to find to be able to share your home with but that doesn’t make them easy to care . They are very similar to Indian Ringnecks in the sense that they require DAILY Interactions or else they will revert back to an “untamed, wild” state. It’s amazing how widespread these parrots are but yet I can’t find solid information on them. I find that these birds are AMAZING talkers, I put them in the top 10 alongside Quakers. I have yet to meet a green-naped that doesn’t talk. Ours specifically dances and jumps up and down with us, plays “peek-a-boo”, plays with my son by turning over and chasing his fingers to wrestle. He likes to be involved and not stuck in a cage. He greets us with “good morning”s and how are you’s and says good night when it’s lights out.
Let’s quickly discuss their diet. My diet care for my lories is not looked upon as the greatest variety because I refuse to provide an assortment of veggies just so they can have a ‘variety’. Unfortunately after losing birds you become more and more strict with what you allow. For me the risk to my lorikeet’s life isn’t worth it for me to provide a low sugar content diet. Green -Naped Lorikeets in the wild eat mostly nectar, pollen, unriped grass and weed seeds along with soft fruits (Matthew Vriends, Lories and Lorikeets, 1993). I try to mimic that as much as possible although I have yet to find and try unriped grass and weed seeds.
My recommendation for a pet owner considering a Green-naped Lorikeet is simple. As long as your not a “push-over” then you may be able to handle one of these birds but keep in mind they are the “ADHD” birds of the parrot world. They are similar to Caiques but more active and they can be very stubborn and come across mean if they feel they can have power over you. When considering a lorikeet, you need to be mindful that they are completely DIFFERENT than other parrots. My training with them has to be more upbeat and short, quick sessions as they get bored very easily. A lot of people struggle with training them because they have adapted themselves to training other parrots and think the same can be done with a lorikeet. I say NOPE, try again!
Lorikeets do have a watery form to their poop at times but I find that they do also have a bit of formed substance in it… The good thing is if you clean the poop as soon as it happens it just wipes right off, if you don’t you might have a bit of scrubbing to do but no more than any other bird poop. They can shoot their poop everywhere so it’s important to have a consistent daily or every other day cleaning routine or protect your walls and floors with some other material that is easy to wipe or just pick up and throw out. I used to use shower curtains from the dollar store, now I just scrub daily…
Overall I love having a Green-naped lorikeet and I wouldn’t change my “Rasta” for the world.