Thursday, June 16, 2016

TERRIGAL - RAINBOW LORIKEETS - 5 JUNE 2016

Everyday we are visited by Rainbow Lorikeets. Sometimes there is just a pair and other times there is a large group.



On this day, the weather had been wet, windy and cold. the Rainbow Lorikeets (trichoglossus haematodus) were on our top deck sheltering from the storm and looking for a feed. Lucky day, they got both. :)





INFO

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.

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 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.

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