Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Rainbow Lorikeet

The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.


Rainbow Lorikeets are such colourful parrots that it is hard to mistake them for other species. The related Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is similar in size and shape, but can be distinguished by its all-green head and body.

Last week I shared information and images of the Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (also seen below with the Rainbow Lorikeet).




The Rainbow Lorikeet mostly forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects. The Rainbow Lorikeet appears to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs.


The Rainbow Lorikeet is found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas.




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13 comments:

Bob Bushell said...

Perfection Liz. The Rainbow Lorikeets are beautiful, I have one held by my son, Callum.

Helen said...

Wonderful captures.
I am actually listening to them now in the gum trees nearby. From this distance they are not as raucous as they can be.

Felicia said...

really beautiful birds and lovely images.

The Furry Gnome said...

You've got some bright coloured birds down there!

LOLfromPasa said...

What a dazzling display. Brilliant colours.

Pat Tillett said...

Gorgeous photos Liz! Those birds are amazing.

Pauline W said...

Aren't they the most beautiful birds? And their noise is as loud as their coats. :) That's not a complaint - I love them!

Lisa Gordon said...

They really are such beautiful birds, Liz.
So many wonderful colors, especially the blue on them.
Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!

Brian King said...

Those are some truly gorgeous birds!

Lady Fi said...

Those birds are just adorable!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Quelle chance d'avoir ces oiseau à portée d'objectif ;-)
Céline & Philippe

eileeninmd said...

Hello Liz, the Lorikeets are so beautiful. I love these colorful birds. Gorgeous photos. I would love to see them in the wild.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Michael S-B said...

They really are gorgeous birds. xoxoxo

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