Tuesday, 7 October 2008

ABC Wednesday - L

L is for Lory


Lories are beautiful birds which come in a variety of colours. My favourite has to be the Duyvenbode Lory, and the reason for this is because I once owned one.

This is Caleb.




I think Duyvenbode Lories are often overlooked because they are not immediately eye catching. But I fell in love with Caleb as soon as I saw him. As you can see in the photos he was mostly a rich chocolate brown with flashes of an amazingly bright yellow/orange. This bright colouring was most obvious in flight as it is most prominent beneath the wings and tail. You can also see a blue tinge to his tail which was most obvious when the sun caught it.

Caleb on his specially adapted poo catcher!




Lories have a very soft diet of mostly fruit and in the wild nectar. They have specially adapted tongues, which are somewhat like a feathery tube, which they would use to get nectar from plants. Caleb was fed a special Lory mixture that was a bit like packet baby food, fed fairly wet, and also fruit and a runny honey mixture. Because of this runny diet you can imagine what his poo was like!! He had an amazing habit of shooting it at someone if they weren't to his liking. So a special perpex sheild was attached to his cage to protect everyone and everything.

Caleb and his toys




Caleb loved to come out and play, this bell was one of his favourites probably because it was noisy. He would sometimes lie on his back and kick his toys like a cat.

Unfortunately Duyvenbodes can be very noisy. Caleb was a real mummy's boy and took a dislike to my, then, husband. As soon as he walked in the door Caleb would start this awful shreeching noise and wouldn't stop until my husband left again. The time came when I received an ultimatum, him or the bird. So unfortunately I had to sell Caleb. Probably the wrong decision as he is now my ex husband but that's life!!

One of the funniest things about owning one of these birds is trying to get insurance for them. I phoned pet insurance companies then got told surely I wanted motor insurance for my Lorry!!!

I found this amazing picture of a Duyvenbode Lory in flight at Warren Photographic.



Beautiful aren't they?

14 comments:

RuneE said...

That last picture was a beauty - and the story too!

Aileni said...

Gorgeous bird.

thegardensmallholder said...

Wow they are beautiful birds, love the in flight photo.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

What an amazing bird... they are very special, aren't they? Perhaps one day you may be able to pick up a another Lory =)
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat

Liz said...

He is an unusual colour but I do like him.

I thought the end of your story was going to be, 'So I chose Caleb.'

Berthddu Suit said...

Thanks all, for your comments. He was beautiful, and Liz, yes I proabably should have chosen to keep him!! Plenty more in flight photos of different birds on the website I mentioned.

Rinkly Rimes said...

Coming from the continent of parrots (Australia) I can appreciate your lory, though I've never heard of them before.Sometimes the 'quieter' colours are the most beautiful.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Very handsome, and I love the name Caleb, he shares it with my friend's two year old

Bear Naked said...

What an interesting story for ABC Wednesday Letter L.
Too bad that you didn't choose Caleb.

Bear((( )))

nonizamboni said...

Thank you for an amazing post today about Lories. Truly beautiful, talented and Caleb was the best, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing!
Happy Wednesday!

Reader Wil said...

A very nice story about Caleb and the other parrots!

Tattie Weasle said...

We used to have a Minah bird called Hari when we lived in the Far east - he would sit on my dad's desk and pretend to be a telephone! What a beauty Caleb was...

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Very beautiful birds! Caleb must've been one smart bird!

Katney said...

Caleb looks a sweetie.