NEW Scaly Breasted Lorikeet
Posted 08 November 2010 - 09:36 AM
My sisters bf nearly hit a Scaly breasted lorikeet the other week and when he got out the car the bird just sat there - once he got the bird home it seemed rather tame - no biting, sitting on shoulder etc He couldnt look after him so we took him!
He is a beautifull Scaly and has a very funny attitude. We are 1st time bird owners but have family who have other birds.
Can anyone tell me anything about these birds? We know he/she is a juvinile as he/she has not much of tail at the moment but thats about it!
How can you tell if its male or female?
How can you tell how old he is?
Any bird vets on brisbanes southside (redlands)
Any important info we should know?
Training? can we train him/her if so how??
Any information will be much appreciated!!
Shani, Shane & Fish (the bird - dont ask y... we have no idea lol)
Posted 08 November 2010 - 06:01 PM
1. How can you tell if its male or female?
Many species of parrots can only be sexed via DNA Testing (using blood or feathers) or Surgical Sexing (requiring anesthesia, making a small incision, and peering in at the birds organs)
2. How can you tell how old he is?
Depending on the species, eyes and/or feathers are the best way to determine the age, and even then, this works best with juveniles. If there is any difference between the eyes of a juvenile and an adult, then most birds usually achieve "adult" eyes by the age of 6 months. If I recall correctly, younger scaly's are mostly green, and as they mature, they become more yellow. The adult plumage (again, depending on species, and possibly even sex) comes in any time between 4-24+ months of age.
3. Any bird vets on brisbanes southside (redlands)
Perhaps a few Australian based links in the following thread may be of help?
4. Any important info we should know?
Make sure that there are no laws concerning the possession of a possibly wild lorikeet, and if there are, then act accordingly. If you are able to keep this lorikeet, then make sure you look into the proper diet (nectar based, both dry and moist), a large cage, plenty of toys, etc.
This guy appears to be missing flight and tail feathers (unless they've been trimmed), so with that assumption, I am guessing this little scaly is a "runner" - aka has PBFD - aka circovirus [and more than likely, making it a wild bird], which the strain that lorikeets have usually is not fatal to the bird, and in time the feathers will grow out... making this bird possibly 4-6 months of age? (a rough estimate, I assure you, possibly younger). I hope the following links may be of some use to you.
PBFD (psittascene beak and feather diseease)
http://www.arwh.org/...irds_Part 1.pdf (link is not working for me)
The Tame Lorikeet Found By The Road | Facebook
And here's a thread from earlier this year
Beyond this information, if you have any other birds, then I do hope that this lorikeet is in strict quarantine, as the bird could shed the virus, infecting other birds. If this bird is not in contact with other birds, then it is best that you keep it this way, and contact local avian vets and wild-life centers for advice on what to do.
5. Training? can we train him/her if so how??
*IF* you can keep the scaly, and he/she is in fact a "runner", and survives into adulthood, then look into clicker training and positive reinforcement.
And sorry for the potentially bad news. Best of luck in whatever future decisions may arise for the sake of this little one!
Posted 08 November 2010 - 09:44 PM
I hope the OP also reads this, and takes precautions if around the family's other birds, just in case.
Becky.....Where Fur and Feather Meet.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 06:28 AM
He hasnt been in contact with any of the other birds and has been kept outside under the patio so no chance of it beening spread to other birds in that case.
Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:37 PM
We are making an appointment today for the weekend with a specialist. i will keep you posted on what they say!
Posted 09 November 2010 - 10:39 PM
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