Rainbow Lorikeets ~ Trichoglossus haematodus

We recently visited the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford, and there was a Lorikeet Exhibit going on. They love sparkly objects and are so playful! I have always wanted a bird, however they are a lot harder to care for than dogs. We were each offered a cup of nectar to entice them out of the trees. Due to bad timing on our part, we entered the exhibit right after a large group of unruly children. These birds are very intelligent…. Would you land on a person that is waving their arms, yelling at you to, “Come here bird, come HERE!!!”?? Of course not. Hubby and I hunkered down in a corner, away from the chitlins and all the birds came to us quite quickly… Sadly, so did the chitlins. After one child nearly knocked me over, dumping her nectar all over my jacket. I told her loudly to say excuse me when you bump into people. Are manners even being taught now-a-days? Mom didn’t do a thing. Huff!!!

These parrots are from Australia. They are commonly found in the eastern shoreline stretching from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. They are also found in eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Rainbow Lorikeets usually live in rainforests, coastal bushes and woodland forests.

The rainbow lorikeet is a medium-sized parrot, with the length ranging from 10-12 inches (25-30 cm).

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Unlike other parrots, Lorikeets in the wild eat mainly nectar and flower pollen. Lorikeet’s tongues have uniquely adapted “brushes” on the tips to help them harvest these foods from the plants in their environment.

Like all parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets love to play and need to be provided with plenty of toys to keep their minds and beaks busy (or you’ll be sorry!!)! They are avid chewers, so many Lorikeet owners suggest stocking up on “destructible” toys made of safe woods.

Rainbow Lorikeets are very intelligent birds, and can be easily “potty trained” if an owner so chooses.

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Rainbow lorikeets are monogamous and pair for life. It’s possible to tell the sexes apart from their actions and, in general, the males have a larger orange patch.

Many fruit orchard owners consider them a pest, as they often fly in groups and strip trees containing fresh fruit. In urban areas, the birds create nuisance noise and foul outdoor areas and vehicles with droppings.

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This guy noticed the bling on my phone and I though he was going to attack it!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

39 thoughts on “Rainbow Lorikeets ~ Trichoglossus haematodus

  1. I love parrots, they are wonderful berds… and I often make a ciscuit to visit a gas station outside of town … just because they have a parrot in their office… it’s a weird berd, he likes only men hates women… but nevetheless I enjoy to see this guy :o)

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    • It seems weird the local gas station parrot doesn’t like women. My Florida neighbor had a blue Macaw and he LOVED me. Loved me so much, it was hard to get him to get off me! He would bite at his owner when he tried to put him back on his perch. They say berds like red, and maybe because of my red hair, he liked me extra. =-)

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  2. Lorikeets are absolutely gorgeous – and such clowns! And now that they can be fed a primarily pelleted diet, you can have one that doesn’t have the messy poops that they get with the nectar diet.

    In related news, I may not be a dog or cat person, but a bird person. I grew up with them, but my lifestyle now doesn’t work well for a parrot. Though I know what kind I am going to get as soon as it does (OK, well, one of two different species – I figure I will know the right bird when I meet him or her, so within those two species I won’t be picky).

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  3. Great photos! Looks like you had fun. Pity about the kids. But they were probably excited and forgot their manners. Terrible that the parents didn’t remind them of their manners though. That’s pretty bad. Maybe the parents were overexcited too.

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  4. It was very interesting to read an American perspective of the rainbow lorrikeets. They’re very common where we live and we get them in our backyard, especially in Spring when our native, “bird-attracting” plants are out and able to counteract the two dogs who don’t approve of birds in “their” backyard.
    I disagreed with a few points. While there might be a few cantankerous Aussies out there who get annoyed by bird chatter and poop, most people I know love the rainbow lorrikeets and people defintiely used to put out bread soaking in honey and water for them, which they loved. Word got around that we shouldn’t do this so at least some of us have stopped. There are some trees where the birds must sleep and just around sunset, the trees start to chatter. It’s quite a lovely sound to me and the trees sounds like like ringing bells. Not big Church bells but like those percussion bells which kids shake.
    That said, you have to be very careful where you plant your red bottlebrush trees like the one in my photohttps://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/bird-in-our-backyard-bottlebrush-tree/
    My friend’s mum planted one outside his bedroom window and the birds where squawking at the crack of dawn. Not very popular!
    You might be familiar with the sulfur-creasted cockatoos. They’re also stunning birds and very cheeky. When Dad bought the house at Palm Beach, the previous owners had been feeding them seed. Dad found out that they damaged houses and so we stopped feeding them and they started attacking the house. We’d end up with 20 birds out on the balcony and these birds as much as I love them, can be a gang of hoodlums!! They have a big, powerful beak and they ripped a few bits off the house and after that we’re shooed away. Like the lorrikeets, they become very vocal around sunset but it’s a loud screech.I’ll have to post some photos!
    BTW, I’ve never researched Rainbow Lorrikeets and I really appreciated the info. Thanks very much.
    Well, I’m now off to walk the dogs at the beach. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things though it’s very tempting to have a nap!
    xx Ro

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    • Thanks so much for the link and informative comment!!
      Of course I’d have rather seen these guys in the wild, however it would be a long plane trip for me 😉
      They were not afraid of the folks standing quietly near branches they could get to the nectar from. After a short time, boom! 6 birds are on you! After they sorted out who was going to stay and get the VIP seating on the hand, the winner was always sweet. They would lick out of the container, put a blob of nectar on your hand, then lick at it. I could feel their soft tongues.
      I read about the honey bread offers. Bread just doesn’t offer birds great nutrients.
      I, again, would love to see a cockatoo in the wild! I couldn’t imagine one, let alone a flock of these guys going after your house! Cheaper and easier to just give them the seed they want! Ha ha!
      We have woodpeckers that will sometimes attack a house, however that usually means you have bugs and they are a great early warning system to let you know you need an exterminator.
      I look forward to seeing some of your other local birds! 😃

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    • Ha! You’re so right! What a totally different feel these guys would have given the movie. It would have been more of a comedy!
      Like my last photo… the little guy just finished the last bit of nectar while I was trying to get a shot of him. He looks up at me, cocks his head left/right/left (I know he’s about to get me) I take a quick shot with my finger in it and pocket the blingy phone. The look on the bird’s face was priceless to me!

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  6. I use to watch these cheeky little parrots flock to roost on a crane which had been set up near my tower block in Darwin. They certainly announced their arrival while we were having our tea on the balcony! Never seen so many parrots in one place. It was a pretty specular sight every night 🙂

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    • Ha ha! That one made me laugh also! He was feeding from the cup, then looked up at me/my sparkly phone and he was hypnotized…. I quickly moved the phone down (hence the finger in the photo) so he wouldn’t fly at my face.
      These guys made for a great afternoon of entertainment!

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