I'd be interested to hear about the experiences of members with the Lory family; particularly with regard to their qualities as pets, but also what they are like to keep in general. A few questions that occur: Are their care/hygeine needs significantly greater than other parrots in practice? I'm aware of their special dietary needs and liquid faeces- but does this mean in practice that constant scrubbing and disinfecting is required, or do they need just a little more than other parrots, given the right set-up? Food: Do they need liquid nectar mixture to be made up multiple times per day, or can they manage with dry mixture for a time? Do they generally eat much fruit and other foods, compared to their nectar intake? Lifespan/health: I've seen it said or implied in numerous places that they have relatively short lifespans for birds of their size - most sources suggest a maximum of 10-20 years, and often less due to being prone to health problems. Does this sound correct? Are they significantly more prone to health problems than other parrots, or is this largely a matter of care/nutrition? What are they like with other birds? I've heard they can be rather prone to bird aggression, for example. How easy are they to get and keep tame? Is it necessary to have a hand-raised one for it to be a viable pet? Are they particularly loud, or about the volume you would expect for parrots of their size? I've seen warnings about their potential loudness, but those I have seen in person were nothing out of the ordinary. Are tame ones generally "one person birds", or are they prone to socialize with the whole family? How easy is the lory family to breed (in general)?