The difference between lories and lorikeets is in their tail, with the lorikeet's tail being decidedly longer. Stella's Lorikeet is a subspecies of Charmosyna papou or the Papuan Lorikeet and is the largest of the lorikeets. The Charmosyna genus in the family Loriidae is the largest, with 13 species. Common to this group is a subtle sexual dimorphism and a naked cere.
Lorikeets are popular pet birds and easily bred. They are entertaining birds, with many unique behaviors. Some have been known to wrap up in a wash cloth for sleeping. At times, they will sleep on their back, with feet straight in the air. Very intelligent and trainable, they can be taught tricks and can be trained to eliminate in a certain area, on cue. Playful by nature, lorikeets appreciate many toys, including ropes, bells, balls, and swings with variety being the key. They can, however, become quite possessive of their toys, and are capable of delivering a painful bite if their territory and possessions are not respected.
In the wild, lorikeets feed on nectar, pollen, fruits, and the occasional insect. All lorikeets have a tongue that is specially adapted with a brush-like tip composed of elongated papillae. This feature enables the birds to collect pollen from flowers and compress it into a form suitable for swallowing.
On average, Stella's Lorikeet will cost between $600-$750.