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Rainbow Lorikeet on a branch at my neighbour’s home at Batemans Bay on the south coast of New South Wales.

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 Australian Museum’s “Birds in Backyards" website.

More of my colourful visitors can be seen at the following locations
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After the Bath
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Rainbow Lorikeet
Lorikeets Bathing
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Comments

  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird, colors and capture!!

  • Thank you Carol.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldover 4 years ago

    They always look grumpy,Trish, but they sure are beautiful!!

  • Beautiful and a constant source of amusement with their antics!
    Thanks so much for your comments and fave Lance!

    – Trish Meyer

  • withacanon
    withacanonover 4 years ago

    absolutely beautiful
    fantastic composition
    excellent focus

  • Thanks so much for your comments and fave, much appreciated!
    Pity about the wires, but hey, they’ve come in handy for a challenge!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Clive
    Cliveover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured Trish, great detail xx

  • Clive, thanks so much for your comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Sviatlana
    Sviatlanaover 4 years ago

    Great shot Trish!

  • Thank you Sviatlana for your lovely comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 4 years ago

    lovely capture, great detail and colours

  • Must have been getting tired! (see below)
    Val, thanks so much for your lovely comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Val, thanks so much for your lovely comments!

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Trish, he certainly isn’t sure of those wires.

  • Gabrielle, thanks for your comments and fave, always appreciated :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    Trish what a wonderful capture !!!!!

  • Thanks for your lovely comments and for adding this image to your faves!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot Trish, great colours and details!

  • Thanks Kerry, it was one of those times I was able to get relatively close.

    – Trish Meyer

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