Although they are parrots, lories have several unique characteristics not found in other psittacines. Most important are the physiological differences that make their diet somewhat unique. While most parrots kept in the United States consume a diet made up of varying proportions of pellets, a seed mix and fresh foods, this type of diet is not appropriate for most lories. Their ventriculus is not strong enough to process the hard seeds and pellets in the standard parrot diet.
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