Making sure that your Rainbow lorikeet is getting enough sleep is a matter of providing a good sleeping space and keeping the same schedule every day.
But what schedule is best for a rainbow lorikeet?
Rainbow lorikeets need roughly fourteen hours of sleep per night, and do best with a consistent sleep schedule. You can make sure that your lorikeet is getting enough sleep by providing a quiet and dark sleeping cage in an area of your house that doesn’t get much traffic.
How Long Do Rainbow Lorikeets Sleep For?
Rainbow Lorikeet birds originate from temperate zones in Australia, meaning that their native night and day cycles have about 14 hours of darkness.
Generally, Rainbow Lorikeets and other parrots are awake for the length of the day cycle, from sunrise to sunset.
This means that even domesticated Rainbow Lorikeets need about 14 hours of sleep per night.
Both younger birds and older birds need more sleep than this, but the change should be gradual. If your bird is getting older and suddenly starts sleeping more, this could be a sign of an illness or disorder.
Where Do Rainbow Lorikeets Sleep?
In the wild, rainbow lorikeets sleep in the canopies of trees in large flocks. They appreciate a dark, protected place where they can feel safe from predators and avoid being startled or disturbed.
It’s a good idea to provide a Rainbow Lorikeet with a special sleeping cage separate from its regular cage.
The sleeping cage can be smaller than the everyday cage, and should be kept in a quiet room where the bird won’t be disturbed and the lights can be kept off.
The sleeping cage shouldn’t be put near a TV or in an area of the house that gets a lot of activity.
Do Rainbow Lorikeets Sleep Upside Down?
Rainbow lorikeets do sometimes sleep upside down on their backs, with their feet straight up in the air. They also hang upside down for hours at a time.
Both of these behaviors can be startling for an owner, but are natural behaviors for the Rainbow Lorikeet, not signs of illness or distress.
If your lorikeet suddenly changes sleeping posture, though, it can be a sign of a problem.
Other parrots, like conures, also sleep upside down. However, this is not necessary for them to have a restful night of sleep.
Do Rainbow Lorikeets Sleep With Their Eyes Open?
Rainbow lorikeets most often sleep with their eyes closed, but can sleep with one eye open and the other closed.
When doing this, they’re allowing half of the brain to rest, while keeping the other half alert and aware of predators. The open eye may only be slightly open during this time.
If your lorikeet is sleeping with one eye open, it may be feeling fearful and stressed. It could be a sign that you need to move the cage or use a cage covering to keep outside stressors from impacting your bird’s sleep.
However, it may also be simply a way of taking a nap during the day without going into full sleeping mode.
How To Provide a Good Sleeping Environment for Your Lorikeet
In addition to providing a sleeping cage, you may want to provide a cage cover to block out any additional light. You can either buy a cage cover like the Explore Land Pet Cage Cover, or simply use a blanket or dark towel.
Drawing the blinds on any windows is also a good idea, as it can block out outdoor distractions like passing headlights or wild animals.
Providing a good sleeping environment also means providing enough contrast between the sleeping and waking environments.
Make sure that you provide either natural sunlight or UV lighting for your bird in the waking hours, which may require leaving a window open, as a closed window usually won’t let in UV rays.
Altogether, a lorikeet should get about four to six hours of direct sunlight or UV lighting per day, in addition to being in a well-lit environment for twelve hours.
Having four to six hours of outdoor time in an aviary or patio or in a harness is even better for a pet lorikeet.
Try taking your lorikeet for excursions outdoors with the Avianweb Sparkly Sun Bird Harness for a better night’s sleep.
How To Maintain a Good Sleep Schedule for Your Rainbow Lorikeet
Maintaining this sleep schedule can be difficult for people who work during regular business hours, as putting your bird to bed at sunset doesn’t leave a lot of time for interaction.
However, you can make up for this by allowing your bird to sleep later into the morning and avoiding turning on lights in your lorikeet’s room early in the morning.
For people who work second shift hours, it can be near impossible to enjoy meaningful interaction with your bird and maintain a schedule of nighttime sleep without interruption.
Thankfully, it is okay to interrupt your lorikeet’s night of sleep, provided that you still allow it to get enough sleep per night altogether. Just make sure that you wake up your lorikeet slowly and gently if you have to choose this route.
No matter what, make sure that you maintain a consistent sleep pattern for your lorikeet. Birds appreciate routine, and will sleep better when they know what to expect.
What Happens if a Rainbow Lorikeet Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep?
Sleep deprivation can cause a lorikeet to become restless and neurotic or depressed, and can do serious damage to the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
You’ll notice behavior changes in a sleep deprived lorikeet, including grumpy and even aggressive behavior.
Sleep deprivation can also push your lorikeet into breeding mode, particularly during the spring. They’re very sensitive to the amount of light they’re getting, and will take signs of spring as a prompt to produce reproductive hormones.
Signs of Illness in Rainbow Lorikeet Sleeping Habits
Signs of illness may be noticeable through a change in your bird’s sleep habits. These include having ruffled feathers, waking up with a swollen crop, or suddenly changing sleep posture.
Other sudden changes like sleeping more or less often can also be signs that your bird is ill.
Ruffling feathers is a way that birds keep warm, so having ruffled feathers during sleep when it’s not cold in the room could be a sign that your lorikeet has a health problem causing chills.
Sleeping less could be a sign that your lorikeet has mites, both irritating and preventing it from getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleeping more could be a sign of many different serious health problems; however, it may also simply be a sign that your bird is getting older.
Whether or not this is cause for concern depends on how suddenly the change happens.
If your lorikeet falls asleep in your hand or while cuddling, this could also be a sign of a problem, depending on how comfortable your lorikeet is with close contact and how unusual this behavior is.
A bird that suddenly seeks more protection and warmth than normal is likely feeling weak.
If you notice these or other unusual symptoms in your lorikeet’s sleeping patterns, you should consult an avian veterinarian immediately.
Rainbow lorikeets sleep for roughly fourteen hours a day, due to the amount of daylight they would naturally get in their native home of Australia.
You can make sure your lorikeet is sleeping enough by providing a dark, quiet room and a sleep cage for fourteen hours every night. Maintaining a consistent schedule is important for your bird’s sleep quality.