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Rainbow Lorikeet appearing to warn me and other birds away from his feast of Grevillea “Coconut Ice” in my garden at Batemans Bay, on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus

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. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.

The Rainbow Lorikeet occurs in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases. They are found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas and are largely sedentary with some nomadic movements in response to seasonal flowering or fruiting of plants.

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. They appear to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs in urban gardens. They have acclimatised well to urbanisation and are commonly encountered in well-treed suburbs.

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.

Edited from The Australian Museum website Birds in Backyards.

More of my colourful visitors can be seen at the following locations
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After the Bath
The Daily Bath
Rainbow Lorikeet
♥ The Two of Us ♥
Those darn wires!
Having the last word!
Plenty to Smile About !
“I love hanging out among the Banksias.”
Breakfast at the neighbours … mind your manners !

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Comments

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Trish!

  • Thanks so much for your comments Torfinn, much appreciated.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 4 years ago

    WOW! Excellent capture!! such bright colors!!….. what a gorgeous bird to visit your garden!! beautifully photographed!

  • Jan, thank you so much for your comments and fave. They are very entertaining, it’s a pity you can’t see a group of them bathing :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture Trish

  • Robert, thank you for your “wonderful” comments.

    – Trish Meyer

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Great capture!! :D He looks so intense!:D

  • Thank you Cee. I had taken a number of shots and I think he suddenly realised I was there and was deciding whether it was safe to keep feasting or not … he stayed :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you both for accepting this image :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1over 4 years ago

    Beautiful closeup shot Trish, He has his eye on you.lol.xx

  • Thanks so much for your comments and fave. I think he had just realised that he was being watched :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • withacanon
    withacanonover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • Thank you!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird and close up capture, Trish!!

  • Thanks Carol, they are daily visitors :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Great shot Trish. I love the brilliant colours & composition.

  • Thank you Michael for your comments, the late afternoon sun for enhancing the colours and the Lorikeet for keeping still for a moment :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    A rainbow lorikeet atop a grevillea…never ceases to capture my attention.

  • Thank you! I could watch them all day :)

    – Trish Meyer

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