When Weaning... you will leave fresh fruit in the enclosure- and without fault, you will leave to run and errand and return and you your puffy sparkling clean little guy looking like he was dipped in honey.
- Consuming: Insects, meal worms, grubs, caterpillars, flying insects
- Also Consuming: Fruits, particularly oranges, apples, peaches, berries, figs and bananas
- They especially love grape jelly - added for flavor in backyards
- Special designed tongue for access into fruit and crevices. That tongue is adorable!
- Beautiful song- very distinctive
Insectivorous birds have always been
considered to be relatively difficult birds to
feed well in captivity. Since many of them
are excellent singers and do get attached to their owners, many people attempt to keep softbill/songbirds (but the failure rate for even the local wildlife
rehab center I work at here in Minnesota is 1 of 3..... not good odds for our
How to raise young historically:
The earliest work I have seen gives
specific instructions for feeding insectivorous birds is Cesare Mancini's dated 1575. Mancini seems to have kept nightingales, wrens, rock thrushes, song-
thrushes, european blackbirds, black-
caps and larks. Apparently, he
fed them on raw beefheart, hard-boiled
eggs, and a dry crumb. The next noticeable mention was by:
However these 'crumbly' mixtures
dont have nearly enough water content nor are they nutritionally balanced.... like feeding a child McDonalds every day with no water. The lack of fruit can cause slow crop (ultimately
sour crop) and are not nutritionally balanced. Below you will find a nutritionally complete mix that I believe is ideal as well as ready made mixtures for your feathered project.
1/2 tsp hard boiled egg (13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein)
Wombaroo Insectivore Rearing Mix- This can be mixed as a paste for syringe feeding, and mixed with mixed minced meat for adults. It makes weaning much easier and the above is not necessary- just add a bit of orange juice or banana to make it more palatable if nessesary.
- Bird should be about 18 grams
- Bird should be roughly 24 grams
- During weaning, it is common for them to lose weight.... but should have feather growth, standing, flying and at least 24 grams.
- Dip all fruit, mealworms (heads cut off), crickets (head cut off) in the formula or lorikeet nectar. This ensures there is at least a more balanced intake of vitamins and minerals required for feather and organ development. Give pieces no larger than 1/2cm.