Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

The rainbow lorikeet is an introduced bird species in Perth. These brilliantly-colored birds were released from aviaries at The University of Western Australia in the 60's and have been increasing in number since. Apart from the Perth region, this species doesn't seem to be very common in other parts of Western Australia.

Rainbow lorikeets eat nectar, pollen, fruits, seeds and insects. These are the photos of a pair of rainbow lorikeets who were having lunch when I spotted them.



They seemed to be quite comfortable having a meal hanging upside down!

Reference:
Birds in Backyards - Rainbow lorikeet
Guide to the wildlife of the Perth region (Simon Nevill Publications)

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