Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus

Rainbow Lorikeets are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, they are unmistakable with their colourful plumage of green wings, tail and back, orange/yellow breast, blue head and belly and bright red beaks.

They roost in large flocks and can be observed in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases. They have recently become established in Tasmania, probably as a result of occasional natural introductions and/or aviary escapes and releases.

Rainbow Lorikeets are found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas where they forage on the flowers of shrubs or trees for nectar and pollen. They also eat fruits, seeds and some insects.

Like other parrots they require hollows in order to breed. The eggs are laid on chewed, decayed wood in a hollow limb of a eucalypt tree. Male and female prepare the nest cavity, the female incubates the eggs and together they feed their young.