Lorikeet Lifespan: What to Know Before Adopting

The Rainbow lorikeet is a beautiful and fascinating bird. If you decide that keeping one as a pet in your home is one of your life’s passions, it’s important to learn about this bird and how to give it a long and healthy life with you before anything else.

There are several important points to keep in mind and pay attention to when caring for your lorikeet and supporting a long life expectancy. The rainbow lorikeet lifespan, for instance, can be as long as 30 years if they are well taken care of and loved. 

Types of Lorikeet

There are a few different types of lorikeet birds out there to learn about. Doing this may sway you to choose one over the others when making your final decision. They all have a relatively similar lifespan, so you won’t need to worry too much about that factor when choosing one over the others. Below, you will find some information about a few of the more popular kinds of lorikeets that are adopted by bird lovers. 

Rainbow Lorikeet

The rainbow lorikeet is generally the first one to come to mind when someone mentioned a lorikeet bird. These colorful little birds are Australia natives, but can be found flying around as far away as Hong Kong and New Zealand nowadays.

The Rainbow Lorikeet lifespan is directly impacted by their diet, cognitive stimulation, and ability to fly around and be active regularly. They are an incredibly intelligent species of bird. They will learn words and phrases very quickly and become bored or even depressed as a captive bird if they don’t have someone to chat with or toys to keep them entertained. The same goes for the blue rainbow lorikeet and their care. 

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

The Scaly-breasted lorikeet looks very similar to the rainbow lorikeet but is in fact an entirely different bird. Care instructions are the same for both birds, in terms of diet and hygiene, but there is a difference with the scaly-breasted lorikeet that you should keep in mind.

This lorikeet has been known to show aggressive behaviors at times. Which means you shouldn’t keep it in a cage with many other birds. One singular scaly-breasted lorikeet, and sometimes a pair of them, is the best way to go with this bird. 

Purple Crowned Lorikeet

This breed of lorikeet isn’t so popular as a pet as they are difficult to keep. They are a smaller variety of lorikeet but do well in larger cages. Even when there are other small bird varieties living with them. 

Unlike their rainbow and scaly cousins, this little lorikeet doesn’t talk. So, if you’re looking for a little buddy to chat with, this may not be the lorikeet for you. Their lifespan is shorter than the larger breeds of lorikeet, which is something to keep in mind when making your final decision on which lorikeet you want to adopt.  

Lorikeet Diet

The lorikeet diet is a key factor in supporting and prolonging their lifespan. The Lorikeet’s diet is a little different than other parrots due to an anatomical difference. Their gizzard is unable to crack seeds for them to consume. Occasionally a lorikeet will crack some seeds, but the main food type in their diet is fruit. Fruits such as bananas and apples. 

Another staple in the diet of the lorikeet diet is nectar, especially hibiscus nectar. There is powder you can buy and reconstitute that fulfills the lorikeets need for nectar while in captivity. Due to their specialized diet, the droppings of the lorikeet tend to be sprayed. Which means, as their owner you will be doing a lot of cleaning. 

Home Care

Lorikeets have a funny little personality when you keep them in your home as a pet. For instance, they love to have a little bath to bathe in and get cleaned up with. There are even little shower perches you can get for your bird in their cage, which they also love. Adding other toys, such as things that jiggle and move around are great for the lorikeet’s entertainment. They are intelligent little birds, so they need constant mental stimulation when you’re not around to play with them. 

One habit of the lorikeet bird that tends to drive their owners crazy are their sleeping habits.  You’ll want to get your lorikeet bird a little hammock type of perch because they like to sleep on their backs. So don’t be alarmed if you come up to your lorikeets cage and find them lying on their back.  


The lifespan of a lorikeet can be as long as 30 lovely years if they are cared for correctly. Their diet is especially important. Knowing that they cannot eat seeds and need lots of fruit in their diet is key.

Understanding the specific needs of each lorikeet breed is also just as important since each is so unique. This information will be incredibly helpful as you are deciding which type of lorikeet bird you would like to adopt and how to take care of them. 

How long do rainbow lorikeets live for?

20 to 30 years is the known life expectancy for a rainbow lorikeet, however, it's rare that a captive rainbow lorikeet can live 2 to 3 decades. Unfortunately, there is a misconception out there that these birds can survive without water, which may contribute to a shorter lifespan if an owner of one of these birds believes this myth.

How many eggs does a rainbow lorikeet lay?

A female rainbow lorikeet will typically lay 1 to 2 perfectly round white eggs at a time. She will sit on them for about 5 days after she has laid them, to incubate them until they hatch.

How do rainbow lorikeets breed?

Lorikeets will breed at any time of the year, there isn't a specific mating season for this colorful breed of bird. By the age of one year old, the rainbow lorikeet has become physically mature enough to begin breeding and laying eggs.

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Written by Leo Roux

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