The lorikeet breeds from August to January. They nest in tree cavities or hollow logs. The young leave the nest around eight weeks of age.
|Scientific Name||Trichoglossus haematodus|
|Length||8.6 inches (22 cm)|
|Weight||up to 10 ounces (280 g)|
|Life span||7 to 10 years in the wild, 10 to 15 years in zoos|
|Incubation||around 23 days|
|Number of eggs laid||usually 2 eggs in a clutch|
|Age of maturity||1 to 3 years|
|Conservation status||Low concern|
These colorful birds live in the low woodlands of southeastern Australia, especially in areas with flowering trees.
No, rainbow lorikeets don’t eat Skittles
Instead they eat pollen, nectar, fruit, blossoms, seeds and insects. At the zoo, they feed on fresh fruits and vegetables along with a commercial nectar mixture.
The colors of the rainbow
Both male and female rainbow lorikeets have green plumage with bright red and yellow feathers on the breast, neck and sides of the belly. The head is violet blue.
A little dinner conversation
These birds are constant chatterers and they have little fear of humans so they’re frequent visitors to backyard picnics in Australia.