Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus
The Rainbow Lorrikeet is one of the most bright and colourful of the Australian parrots.They are common along the entire Eastern seaboard from the top of Cape York round to Adelaide. They need little encouragement to become a regular visitor to your garden. Some parrot seed (especially striped sunflower seed) and a small amount of diluted honey and bread mixture attract them, while plenty of cover, standing water (bird baths), and nesting opportunities will make them resident.
There native diet includes blossoms, berries, other fruit, seeds, and insects and their larvae. They will often be seen in company with scaly-breasted and other lorrikeets.
The photo on the right was taken in Helen's garden after our morning feeding session. The photograph on the left was taken in Shirley's garden - a morning mist lends a lovely ethereal quality to this image. A larger version makes a lovely desktop background. Click on the image below to download (rainbowdesk.jpg, 1024 x 768, 189 kbytes):
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