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Rainbow Lorikeets (bad habit)

Trichoglossus haematodus


Rainbow Lorikeets getting up to no good. This group have developed an extremely bad habit: a taste for refined sugar. They raid the sugar containers at one of the local cafes at Terrigal Beach. They make lots of noise and a mighty big mess, not only with sugar, but also bird droppings on the furniture... and sometimes on patrons. It's not until the lady comes along with the 'big red broom' to chase them off that they take any notice. Until then, for them, it's sugary business as usual and that is not good for them!!! Information on the species can be found at one of my previous spottings in Brisbane -

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 10 years ago

They'll end up little fat birds unable to fly, and they'll have to walk everywhere. The cafe staff along this strip are ever-vigilant and do their best to keep them away, but the Lorikeets are smart and are get opportunists. I can't even begin to imagine how bad this must be for them or what it is doing to their offspring. It's bound to have some sort of genetic impact. Most people think this scene is adorable, but I think it's so sad.

KarenL 10 years ago

Oh dear, seems like we are passing our unhealthy eating habits onto the birds!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Feb 19, 2014
Submitted on Mar 6, 2014

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