Australian Rainbow Lorikeet
[Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus]
The Australian Rainbow Lorikeet has an overall length of 10 to 12 inches, and weight between 2.5 to 5.5 ounces. Coloration is as follows: Bill, orange to red; Head, blue to deep brown lightly flecked with pale violet; Collar, yellow; Upperparts & Tail, green. The sexes are similar, with the female having a slightly smaller body and a smaller head.
They are considered nomadic, their presence being governed by flowering shrubs, particularly in southern parts of the range. Daily movement to offshore islands occurs. They are arboreal and gregarious. The feet are strong, with sharp claws which enable them to climb among clusters of blossoms to seek food. Their tongue is specially adapted for the extraction of nectar from flowers. They move in flocks, often of large size, and are a colorful sight when feeding. Flight is rapid, and they are noisy, constantly screeching and chattering.
Location: Lorikeet Aviary