Meat-eating rainbow lorikeet study changes what scientists knew about the birds

A study into meat-eating rainbow lorikeets has shown the phenomenon occurs Australia-wide among captive and wild birds, confounding experts.

Last year, the ABC reported that rainbow lorikeets were eating meat from a bird feeder on a property at Elimbah, north of Brisbane.

Griffith University Professor of Ecology Darryl Jones thought the rainbow lorikeets at Elimbah were just a couple of strange birds.

Rainbow lorikeets were widely believed to feed on pollen, nectar and insects.

But Professor Jones received more than 500 emails after the ABC story about meat being a common element in their diet.

Read the full story at the ABC Online website.

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