Pretty Lorikeets went from branch to branch inside a screened-in room at Lorikket Landing at the Lowry Zoo, Tampa.
The Rainbow Lorikeet, (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of
Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and
Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands
and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard,
from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat
is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Several taxa
traditionally listed as subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet are
increasingly treated as separate species.
Rainbow Lorikeets have been introduced to Perth, Western Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, and Hong Kong and China.
Rainbow Lorikeets are true parrots, within the Psittacidae family in
the order Psittaciformes.
The Rainbow Lorikeet has often included the Red-collared Lorikeet (T. rubritorquis) as a subspecies, but today most major authorities consider it separate.Additionally, a review in 1997 led to the recommendation of splitting off some of the most distinctive taxa from the Lesser Sundas as separate species, these being the Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet (T. forsteni), the Marigold Lorikeet (T. capistratus) and the Flores Lorikeet (T. weberi). This is increasingly followed by major authorities. With these as separate species, the Rainbow Lorikeet includes the following subspecies (in taxonomic order); most of the common names listed below are only used in aviculture.
Rainbow Lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet.