Preparing Special Diets for Birds

Some parrots and other birds have particular dietary needs. For example nectar eaters, like Lories are physiologically different than other parrots and are designed to consume a diet of nectar, pollen, fruit and insects. They have "brush tongues" which are meant specifically to gather nectar and pollen. They are not designed to eat seed and cannot consume them.

Birds like lories require a nectar based diet. These can be bought commercially as a powder and prepared simply by adding water. Nectar should be served and removed twice a day.

Even with commercial diets, lories should also be served fresh fruits and vegetables. Follow the same considerations as directed above for parrots when preparing fruits and vegetables.

Be sure to do plenty of research when deciding the correct diet for your birds.

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