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Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus haematodus


The rainbow lorikeet is a small parrot, unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Rainbow lorikeets are very noisy, continuously screeching while in flight, at food sources and at roosts. They have a swift direct flight. See the complete series for pictures of the whole bird.


Native bush by the beach, North Stradbroke Island.


Various colour forms of this bird are found in south and east Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and the north and east of Australia. There is an introduced population in Perth, and intentional releases have occurred in Auckland, New Zealand. Rainbow lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar. On the first 3 shots the bird is seen feeding on a sheoak (Allocasuarina sp.), a genus of trees in the flowering plant family Casuarinaceae endemic to Australia.

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DanielePralong 4 years ago

Thank you flowntheloop :-) They are a riot of colors... and incredibly noisy!

flowntheloop 4 years ago

WOW!! What a beauty!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you fiorella2.

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Hema! To me they look mischievous. And they often are :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago

Very beautiful. Looks like it is smiling!!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen! I'm glad you liked it.

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Superb shots Daniele! Loved the first one :)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Glad you like it roemer1!

roemer1 8 years ago


DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Lovely series!

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QLD, Australia

Spotted on Mar 21, 2014
Submitted on May 13, 2014

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