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The Rainbow Lorikeet is a brightly coloured parrot. Flies fast with rapid wing beats. Lorikeets are often seen in large flocks. Often these flocks are very noisy around sunset as they screech and fly around before roosting. They usually roost in tall eucalypts.
Blue mountain lorikeet, Blue mountain parrot, Swainson's lorikeet, Rainbow lory
rainforest, open forest, woodland, heath, mangroves, along watercourses, mallee, gardens, parks, orchards
mainly flowers, nectar and fruit. The lorikeet has a brush on the end of its tongue to help with sipping up nectar and pollen. Native shrubs such as Grevilleas attract them to suburban gardens.
2 (rarely 3) white, oval-shaped eggs a pair can produce up to 3 broods in a season. The female incubates the eggs for about 25 days. The male also spends time in the nesting hollow. The young leave the nesting hollow for the first time after 7-8 week, returning to roost for first few weeks.
almost anywhere along the east coast of Australia from Cape York to Tasmania, both in towns and in the bush.
Common Name:Rainbow Lorikeet
Relatives in same Genus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (T. chlorolepidotus)
Red-collared Lorikeet (T. rubritorquis)