Image: Rainbow Lorikeet Illustration
Rainbow Lorikeets are colourful birds that live in forests and woodlands that have flowering trees in northern, eastern and south-eastern coastal areas of Australia.
- Andrew Howells
- © Australian Museum
- Common name:
- Rainbow Lorikeet
- Scientific name:
- Trichoglossus haematodus
Rainbow Lorikeets are colourful birds that live in forests and woodlands that have flowering trees in northern, eastern and south-eastern coastal areas of Australia. They have short, curved beaks and feet with two toes facing forwards and two toes facing backwards. They call with shrill screeches.
Rainbow Lorikeets fly over trees searching for nectar and pollen from the blossoms of native plants, fruit and insects in the early morning and late afternoon. They use their sharp, curved beak to tear at fruit and flowers and their tongue like a paintbrush to mop up nectar from flowers.
Rainbow Lorikeets make nests from a bed of sawdust in hollow trees or tree branches that are near water. The female lays two white, round eggs that she sits on for 25 to 26 days. When the eggs hatch the chicks are without feathers. Both parents help feed the chicks. The chicks have feathers and are ready to fly and leave the nest in eight weeks.
Rainbow Lorikeets will sometimes travel more than 50 km from their roost to find food.
Find out more about the Rainbow Lorikeet on the Birds in Backyards website.