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Rainbow Lorikeets

Trichoglossus moluccanus (reclassified from T. haematodus)


A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets busy at work making a mess. At this time of year, they visit my yard regularly to feed on the seed pods of a "China doll" (Rademachera sinica). The pods are a favourite of these birds. There have been days when a dozen or more birds have descended upon the tree, and the screeching and squabbling has been unbelievable - a funny and very entertaining sight. Here's a previous spotting with loads of information on the species. Also in my backyard, another favourite "food tree" is a very large Grevillea. They love the nectar of its flowers... PS: Since the time this spotting was posted in 2015, there has been a reclassified of lorikeet species. Wikipedia taxonomy information... "For many years, the species was broadly defined with 20 or 22 subspecies recognised, and was known as the rainbow lorikeet. This name has been reapplied to eastern Australian populations, now classified as a distinct species Trichoglossus moluccanus."... Hopefully I have interpreted this information correctly. An interesting article...


Suburban backyard in inner-city Brisbane.


When I spotted this pair, the wind was picking up and the light was fading fast. I managed to take a dozen of so photos, then they flew off, to where I haven't a clue. A massive storm was rolling through Brisbane and they weren't about to hang around. Torrential rain, gale force winds, thunder and lightning - It lasted for about half an hour. It's has only just stopped and they're back up in the tree once again, feeding away as if nothing had happened. I really like these birds because they are feisty and nothing seems to phase them.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Maria. These guys are favourites, and one of the noisier species that visit regularly. I wish they wouldn't visit at 6AM. Cockatoo's as well!! Glad you like the series - I swapped #5 to #!. Difficult to decide sometimes.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Beautiful series - all the photos are great but I especially like photos 2 and 5. What beautiful birds to have visiting your yard.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Cheers, Joshua :)

JoshuaGSmith 8 years ago

Great series!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 21, 2015
Submitted on Mar 21, 2015

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