The Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory is a beautiful parrot that is quite popular in aviculture. In Australia they are commonly known as the Rainbow Lory and are often called the prettiest of all the lories.
In order to avoid confusion it should be mentioned that the Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory (Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus) has also been called the Rainbow Lory. The Green Naped Lory (Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus) has also been called the Rainbow Lory. This article will deal with the Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory only. It should also be noted that there are at least 21 subspecies of the nominate form Trichoglossus haematodus. Some sources site as many as 22 to 26 different subspecies of lories in the genus of Trichoglossus. The variance is due to the fact that a couple of them are debatable in different research groups.
The Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory tends to be a one-man bird. Bonding to one person in the family or choosing one particular part of your home as his own is common occurrence. For this reason it is very important that you socialize your Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory well. If hand raised they are gentle loving pets that can even be handled by
most strangers. They are highly intelligent creatures and for this reason many are able to learn several tricks, sometimes amazingly difficult ones. Because they are so intelligent the Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory does require a stimulating environment with several toys. Many Lories enjoy small parrot toys such as wooden blocks or bells. They can be loud, although not as loud as some other parrot species and are generally considered quiet in comparison.
While not good talkers many Swainson's Blue
Mountain Lories are good mimics.
The Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory is quite beautiful. It is no surprise that they are also called Rainbow Lories when one examines their lovely colors. The Swainson's is similar to the Green Nape in color.
The main difference between them is that the
Swainson's has an entirely blue head.
The Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory is native to Australia. Since the Swainson's Blue Mountain Lory is also called the Rainbow Lory is should be noted that there is a lot of confusion around the generic term of 'rainbow', In the United States, the term 'rainbow' most commonly refers to a Green Nape Lory since that was the first Lory to become established in the pet trade and often that is the first and/or only Lory that many people come in contact with. Many people may be relatively unaware that lories come in 'different colors'. In other areas, such as Australia the term 'rainbow' may be used in relation to the Blue
Mountain Lorikeet, and only to the Blue Mountain. More than any of group of parrots, this genus is really disserved by using 'common names' and terms. There is still a wide range of temperaments, body language, sizes and tolerances between all of the different Lories called, the "Rainbow Lory". It is very important to make sure what species you are interested in when referring to the Rainbow Lory. Many people end up with the wrong Lory, especially when doing mail order purchases, because of the confusion surrounding the common names.