Frequently taken for Rainbow Lorikeets, Red-collared Lorikeets are actually a distinct species who are incredibly brightly colored and lovely in their own right.
Red-collared Lorikeets are a highly social species, living in large flocks in the wild. They are quite noisy and associate with other Lorikeet species. Red-collared Lorikeets are approachable by people when feeding. They eat insects, nectar, seeds, flowers, pollen, buds and fruits. Usually traced by noise, Red-collared Lorikeets are quite noisy even in aviculture. They do well kept in pairs or small groups but do not do well in small aviaries because they are territorial. Red-collared Lorikeets are very energetic and are curious about everything. Although they may be somewhat shy at first, they are very confiding once they trust you. Generally quite hardy, Red-collared Lorikeets are sensitive to temperature and need to be kept above 72 degrees Fahrenheit while they are being acclimatized. They do very well when kept in a nine by three by six foot aviary with an adjoining indoor shelter, and will need nesting boxes of about 12 by nine by ten inches in dimension. Red-collared Lorikeets are very playful and need lots of branches to chew in addition to fresh water at all times. They eat grain, fresh fruit,
green food and sprouted seeds in captivity. Lorikeet feed
made from honey, pollen and Brewer's Yeast is also important. Biscuit or rusk
softened with milk should be offered, and
mineral and vitamin supplements need to be
given regularly. Red-collared Lorikeets
are highly intelligent. They can be
taught a number of tricks and can also be
By maturity, Red-collared Lorikeets grow to about 11 inches in length and have wing lengths of five and a half to six inches. It is, in fact, the largest of the Lorikeets and is easily confused with the Rainbow Lorikeet. In coloration, Red-collared Lorikeets have varying shades of medium to deep blue over their heads. Their napes are splashed with red, giving these lovely birds their name. The abdomen of males is a blackish-blue color, while on females it is a light color, usually yellowish-green. The throats of both sexes are yellow-green and the breasts brighten to a yellow or orange color.
The undercarriage of the Red-collared Lorikeet
is yellowish green.
Red-collared Lorikeets are found throughout northern and eastern Australia including the Solomon Islands and New Guinea. Although they are commonly kept in captivity in their native areas, Red-collared Lorikeets may be a bit more difficult to find outside of the Australian region. Some people feed these beautiful birds in the wild, but it should be noted that in some areas of Australia, such as Victoria it is illegal to feed honey as it may cause kidney and liver problems.