Q – Is there any way I can tell whether my lory is a male or female? A – The commonly kept lories such as Rainbow Lories, Red Lories, Blue-streaked Lories, Dusky Lories are not sexually dimorphic (visible differences between the genders). The exceptions are Red-flanked Lorikeets and Stella’s Lorikeets, neither of which is commonly kept in the U.S. The best way to determine the gender of a lory is to have it sexed, either using DNA or surgically. Or, if It begins to lay eggs you can be certain it is a female. Q – What is the average life span of a lory? A – That’s not an easy question to answer because there are many variables; however, it seems that the AVERAGE life expectancy of a pet lory is similar to that of a cat or dog, 10 to 15 years. There are lories who live much longer and some that, for a variety of reasons, do not. Q – When my lory molts, will it lose all its feathers? A – No. Birds molt feathers continuously much like humans lose hair. There are times of the year when the molts are heavier, usually seasonally, It will seem that the bird is losing a lot of feathers but they will not go “bald”. If the bird is losing an excessive amount of feathers there could be something else going on such as feather plucking.