Rainbow Lorrikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is usually seen in flocks and makes a continuous screeching, chattering noise.

It harvests nectar and pollen from flowering trees and shrubs such as bottle brush, banksia and grevillia, and also eats fruit, seeds and insects.

It has a red bill and blue head, yellow-green collar and a deep violet-blue abdomen. The underwing coverts are orange.

It is found in forest and wooded habitats and has acclimatised well to urban areas where there are plenty of trees.

Nests are made on decaded or chewed wood in the hollow of a gum tree. Both males and females rear the young.