Rainbow Lorikeet

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Common Name: Rainbow Lorikeet
Scientific Name: Trichoglossus haematodus

Size: 10 to 12 inches (25-30 cm)

Habitat: Australia; found in Coastal Eastern Australia, from Queensland to South Australia; also in northwest Tasmania. Found in rainforests, coastal bush and woodland areas.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: Unknown. The Rainbow Lorikeet appears to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs.

Diet: Mostly pollen and nectar, occasional fruit and seed. They can be frequent visitors at bird feeders that supply store-bought nectar, sunflower seeds, and fruits such as apricots, plums, apples and pears.

Breeding: Breeding usually occurs during September to December, and mated pairs nest in eucalyptus tree hollows. The eggs of the Rainbow Lorikeet are laid on chewed, decayed wood, usually in a hollow limb of a eucalypt tree. Both sexes prepare the nest cavity and feed the young, but only the female incubates the eggs. Both parents feed the young. They are very loving to their mate and seem to pair for life, but the males being males, do look to other females if given the chance.

Cool Facts: Lorikeets possess a brush-like tongue that is adapted especially for their particular diet of pollens and nectar. They often feed on flowers (especially from the Grevillea tree). Fruit trees are also favorites. Lorikeets often strip fruit trees bare when the new fruit ripens, such as Apricots, plums or peaches.

Captive lorikeets have a long lifespan, often in excess of 20 years. In the wild, they congregate in flocks and are very active, noisy, gregarious and at times will fight each other. When the fracas dies down, all is well again. On the ground, they appear to hop and are very swift flyers.

Found in Pet Shop and Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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