Rainbow Lorikeet

Did you know?

The Rainbow Lorikeet was abundant around Sydney until the late 19th century, but was rare in Sydney between then and 1950. It is now highly abundant again across Sydney.

Calls
Frequent screeching and chattering.
Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
Yes
Minimum Size: 
28cm
Maximum Size: 
32cm
Average size: 
30cm
Average weight: 
133g
Breeding season: 
June to January
Clutch Size: 
2
Incubation: 
23 days
Nestling Period: 
45 days
Conservation Status
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Associated Plants
Plants associated with this species
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
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Atlas Number: 
254
What does it look like?
Description: 

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.

Similar species: 

Rainbow Lorikeets are such colourful parrots that it is hard to mistake them for other species. The related Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is similar in size and shape, but can be distinguished by its all-green head and body.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The Rainbow Lorikeet occurs in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases.

Habitat: 

The Rainbow Lorikeet is found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas.

Seasonal movements: 

Largely sedentary with some nomadic movements in response to seasonal flowering or fruiting of plants.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

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.

Breeding: 

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.

Living with us

The Rainbow Lorikeet appears to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs.

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