Rainbow Lorikeets. Cedar Creek, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens

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The Rainbow Lorikeet 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.

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a medium-sized parrot, with the length ranging from 25–30 cm (9.8-11.8 in) in size, and has a wingspan of about 17 cm (6.7 in). The weight varies from 75–157 g (2.6–5.5 oz). The plumage of the nominate race, as with all subspecies, is very bright. The head is deep blue with a greenish-yellow nuchal collar, and the rest of the upperparts (wings, back and tail) are deep green. The chest is red with blue-black barring. The belly is deep green, and the thighs and rump are yellow with deep green barring. In flight a yellow wing-bar contrasts clearly with the red underwing coverts.

There is little to visually distinguish between the sexes, however to a keen observer of their colouring and behaviour, their dimorphism is readily apparent.

Juveniles have a black beak, which gradually brightens to orange in the adults.

The Rainbow Lorikeet was accidentally released into the Southwest of the state of Western Australia near the University of Western Australia in the 1960’s and they have since been classified as a pest. Rainbow Lorikeets can also be found in New Zealand, particularly around the Auckland area. New Zealand’s Department of Conservation has declared them a pest and is implementing methods to control and eradicate them.

Many fruit orchard owners consider them a pest, as they often fly in groups and strip trees containing fresh fruit. In urban areas, the birds create nuisance noise and fouling of outdoor areas and vehicles with droppings.

In Western Australia, a major impact of the Rainbow Lorikeet is competition with indigenous bird species. This includes domination of feeding resources, and competition for increasingly scarce nesting hollows. Birds such as the Purple-crowned Lorikeet and the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo are adversely affected or displaced.


birds, nature, wildlife, rainbow lorikeets

I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • cieloverde
    cieloverde10 months ago

    This is one beautiful captura ….
    Lindos colores…………….Alegre vista !

  • Thanks so much Liliana for the lovely comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder10 months ago

    Very nice Ralph, great colours

  • Thank you very much, Kala.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...10 months ago

    Wonderful detail and color – and a really cute pose!

  • Many thanks Celeste for the nice comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniola10 months ago

    Adorable couple. :)

  • Thank you so much Dominika for the comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardt10 months ago

    love birds, good capture Ralph

  • Thank you so much, Barbara.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    December 1, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much for the feature and fav, Teresa.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fulda10 months ago

    How cute and beautiful !

  • Thanks so much Elfriede for your nice comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • miroslava
    miroslava9 months ago

    I love your collection of birds ! Marry Xmass !!

  • Thank you so much Miki. Nice to hear from you.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • EdsMum
    EdsMum7 months ago

    Congratulations – 7th Mar., 2014 – Shirley & Jean

    Comments welcome HERE

  • Thanks very much for the feature, Shirley.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRose4 months ago

    An item, for sure and a very lovely one!

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