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“Protecting Parrots on Bonaire”

Captive care


If you have such Lora at home, it is important to take good care of your parrot. When you keep your bird healthy, you will have many decades to enjoy your parrot. On this page you will find helpful tips for the best care of your Lora.



Healthy food

Proper nutrition is the most important for a healthy parrot.

• Half of the diet should consist of fruits and vegetables.

• Dark colored vegetables are even better than lighter colored vegetables. So rather carrots than cauliflower, and green peppers are better than lettuce.

• Other suitable vegetables are: courgette, cucumber, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, leaves from the tamarind tree, broccoli, French beans and long beans.

• Suitable fruits include: tamarind, apple, orange, kenepa, cherry, mango, plum, apple, almond, coconut pulp, mandarin, banana, calabas and papaya.

• It is best to use a mixture of various vegetables and fruits. A quarter of the diet consists of hard boiled egg, small piece of cheese, beans, nuts, cooked rice, spaghetti or macaroni without sauce, potatoes, brown bread, cooked chicken or other easily digestible meat, dog biscuits or cat food kibbles.


A well mixed diet is obviously good Lora food, with emphasis on fruit and vegetables. The best food are the special pellets for parrots, but they are unfortunately not easy to get on Bonaire.


Poor diet

If your Lora eats only seeds it does not get all the vitamins and minerals.

• Sunflower seeds and peanuts are very fatty. Don’t feed your Lora peanuts, even when your Lora loves peanuts.

• A Lora gets a maximum of one tablespoon of sunflower seeds per day.

• The quantity of seeds should not exceed one quarter of its total diet.

• Never feed avocado, raw onion, guacamole and chocolate to your Lora. This will cause disease.


Switching over

If your Lora always has eaten a lot of seeds and you have to switch over to a diet with more fruits and vegetables, your parrot at first will probably only eat the seeds. Therefore let your Lora gradually get used to the change. Reduce the amount of seed mix every time a little. Your Lora will eat all the seeds, but still remain hungry. At some point the bird will eat the vegetables and fruits too.


A good composition of diet



















Space and attention

A Lora is a social and intelligent bird. Therefore, a Lora needs company and toys. But also space and exercise.

• A big cage is very important (1 meter x 1 meter x 1 meter)

• Many wooden perches, hiding places and toys: ropes, logs, bells, mirrors ...

• A Lora should be able to spread its wings without touching the cage.

• Hang the feeder and the water bowl at least 50 cm from each other, to force your Lora to do some effort to climb from one to the other.

• Regularly put fresh branches in the cage where your Lora can chew on.

• Give attention to your Lora every day. If you are not at home, switch the radio on.



Fat parrots and stress

• A Lora which gets not enough exercise soon becomes too fat.

• A parrot alone in a small cage which has not much to do, is going to get bored quickly. This can lead to stress, illness and even death! It can get so far that the Lora develops serious behavioral problems, such as picking out his own feathers.


Cleaning

• A dirty cage is unhealthy. So clean the cage at least once a week.

• It is very important to keep the inside of the cage dry. So mount a roof against the rain.

• Drink trays should be placed in such a way that it can’t collect bird droppings easily. Place them above the top perch.

• The water must be changed daily.

• Not only the cage must be kept clean. Your Lora also likes to get a daily shower. Spray your Lora at least once a week with water. But not after 5 pm because your Lora has to dry well.


Disease

It is not easy to see when a Lora is sick. If your Lora does look unhealthy, it is probably already very ill. A sick Lora rises its feathers, has snot in or around the eyes and nose, breathes with the mouth open and stops talking. In such cases, go quickly to the vet!


How to take care of your Lora


Bonaire’s Lora belongs in the wild. It is an endangered species protected by law. Only Loras registered and banded by the government in 2002, can be kept as pets.