Scientific Name: Trichoglossus haematodus

Conservation Status: Not Listed

Appearance

rainbow lorikeetThe rainbow lorikeet is between 25-30cm from head to the tip of it’s tail. Its wing span is 17cm and they weigh between 75 and 157 g. They have very bright colouring which includes an orange beak, a blue head with green on the back and the chest is a reddy-orange with black bars and it has green wings and tail. Baby lorikeets have a black beak instead of an orange one which changes colour as they grow older.

Life Span

A rainbow lorikeet can live for up to 30 years.

Diet

Rainbow lorikeet’s eat a varitey of fruits, pollen and nectar they regulary frequent peoples birf feeders to get food and will also accept food out of a humans hand. Some zoos allow people to feed their lorikeets with specially prepared mixes.

Habitat

Rainbow lorikeets live in rainforests, costal areas and woodlands and can now also be found in many built up area’s due to habitat loss. Their natural range is Australia, Eastern Indinesia, Papua New Guniea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Rainbow lorikeets have also been introduced into Hong Kong, Perth and Auckland and in the latter of the two they are considered a pest.

Reproduction

Rainbow lorikeets reach sexual maturity at the age of 2 and mate with one bird for their whole life. In Australia rainbow lorikeets breed in the spring months (Semptember-November). The female lays between 1-3 eggs which are incubated by the female for about 25 days.