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).
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.
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.
This guy noticed the bling on my phone and I though he was going to attack it!!
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl