Trichoglossus haematodus (Rainbow Lorikeet)

Psittacidae

Rainbow Lorikeets

A parrot common to the eastern seaboard of Australia, ranging from Queensland to South Australia. It is also found around northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Probably the most colourful and noisiest creature on earth! Dark blue head and stomach, a bright green back, tail and vent, and a red breast and beak.

Rainbow lorikeets feed mainly on pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet.

The Rainbow lorikeet was accidentally released into the southwest of the state of Western Australia from the University of Western Australia in the 1960s. They have since been classified as a pest.

Photo: Derek Boddington

Rainbow Lorikeets

Lorikeets photographed in Spring 2007 by Mark Crocker.

Photo: Mark Crocker

Rainbow Lorikeet

Lorikeet photographed in Spring 2007 by Mark Crocker.

Photo: Mark Crocker