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Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus moluccanus
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern
Eucalyptus forest and mixed forest

Lorikeets are a type of nectar-eating parrot native to Australia and the surrounding islands. Rainbow Lorikeets are extremely social birds, forming large flocks with hundreds of members.

Their bright feathers look like poor camouflage, but they blend in seamlessly with the flowering, leafy plants they feed upon. Visually, that is. They are very loud.

Rainbow Lorikeets have specialized tongue bristles that act as a brush, allowing them to extract nectar from flowers and lick pollen from plants.

During the breeding season, male Rainbow Lorikeets engage in elaborate courtship displays to attract mates. Once a pair forms a bond, they work together to construct a nest. These nests are typically made in tree hollows, providing a secure and well-hidden space for their eggs.

After the female lays a clutch of 1 to 3 white eggs, both parents take turns incubating them for about 25 to 28 days. The parents share the responsibility of caring for the hatchlings for 8 to 10 weeks, until they are ready to leave the nest and join the flock.

Rainbow Lorikeets have a stable population, leading to their classification as "Least Concern" on the IUCN Red List.

They can live up to 30 years.