One of our four walk-in flight aviaries, Lory Loft is home to over ten species of gloriously-coloured lories and lorikeets.
What makes it unique?
Guests at Jurong Bird Park have the chance to hand-feed the lories with a special mixture of imported lory dry mix, honey and water.
The experience of having a bold, screeching bundle of colours drink greedily from your hand is so unforgettable that it has been chosen as a “Top 10 Best Family Experience” by the Singapore Tourism Board.
Lories are also known as ‘brush-tongued parrots’, in reference to the elongated papillae (hair-like projections) on the tip of their tongues.
A sweet diet
Functioning rather like a paint-brush, the papillae soak up nectar and mop up pollen efficiently. Due to their specific diet of nectar and pollen, the gizzard-like organ used by most other birds to pulverize hard or fibrous foods is relatively weak in lories.
Their sweet diet also makes lories prone to fungal infection around the beak. Water dishes are placed around the Loft’s suspension bridge for the birds to bathe in and wash away any sticky residue from feeding.
As trees only flower for a limited time, lories in the wild must travel long distances in search of their food. Hence, they are habitually nomadic and have relatively long, narrow wings adapted for lengthy flights. Perhaps as a result of their nomadic ways, breeding is opportunistic and can take place anytime within monogamous pairs.