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Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus haematodus

Description:

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a medium sized parrot, with the length ranging from 25–30 cm (9.8-11.8 in) in size, and has a wingspan of about 17 cm (6.7 in). The weight varies from 75–157 g (2.6–5.5 oz). The plumage of the nominate race, as with all subspecies, is very bright. The head is deep blue with a greenish-yellow nuchal collar, and the rest of the upperparts (wings, back and tail) are deep green. The chest is red with blue-black barring. The belly is deep green, and the thighs and rump are yellow with deep green barring. In flight a yellow wing-bar contrasts clearly with the red underwing coverts. There is little to visually distinguish between the sexes. Juveniles have a black beak which gradually brightens to orange in the adults.

Habitat:

Rainbow lorikeets distribution is mainly over the north-east in Australia Their habitat ranges from forests of all sorts (heathlands, open forests, rainforest, sclerophyll forest) coastal or inland, to any area including urban areas that have suitable trees.


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3 Comments

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 2 years ago

They certainly are amazing!

Wild Things
Wild Things 2 years ago

Wow!

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 2 years ago

2nd lorikeet spotting

New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -28.32, Long: 153.46

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012

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