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Rainbow Lorikeet

TRICHOGLOSSUS HAEMATODUS

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus
Class: Bird
Length: 8.6 inches (22 centimeters)
Weight: up to 10 ounces (280 grams)
Life span: 7 to 10 years in the wild, 10 to 15 years in zoos
Incubation: around 23 days
Number of eggs: usually 2 eggs in a clutch
Age of maturity: 1 to 3 years
Conservation status: Low concern

About

Aussie birdie

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.


Baby!!!

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.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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