Rainbow Lorikeet

Common name
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scientific name
Trichoglossus haematodus
Size – beak to tail
26 – 31 cm
Wing span
Birds of the Bluff
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Where to find
Treed areas such as coastal scrub, urban parks and gardens.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is a very colourful parrot with a blue head and pale yellow-green back of the neck and tail feathers. The back and upperparts are bright green, the  breast and underwing red and the abdomen has a blue-purple patch. They move in large, noisy flocks through the day and roost together at night.

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a very colourful parrot, which has become a common visitor to flowering plants and trees in coastal areas. In the local area, there are also many hybrids; the result of cross-breeding with Musk Lorikeets or Scaly-breasted Lorikeets. They feed mainly on nectar and pollen but also fruits and seeds.