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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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The playful games and bright multicoloured feathers of the Rainbow Lorikeet, make them the 'clowns of the bird world'.

The Rainbow Lorikeet's tongue is like a bristle brush. Unlike many other parrots, it doesn't eat seeds -in fact, seeds are bad for lorikeets. Instead, it uses its bristle brush tongue to extract sweet sticky nectar and pollen from deep within native flowers. Like a young child with a messy ice-cream cone, lorikeets get the nectar and pollen all over their heads.

Rainbow Lorikeets live in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia. There is a local population in Perth which is believed to have started from an aviary release. They nest in hollow limbs of eucalypt trees on chewed, decayed wood. 

The best way to attract Rainbow Lorikeets to your garden is to grow native plants.

Putting a bird bath in your yard is also a good idea, because lorikeets love to splash around and clean their feathers after feeding.

Don't give Rainbow Lorikeets other kinds of food, such as biscuits, bread or seeds. They may become dependent upon these sources of food and become less inclined to forage in the wild. Eating seeds can actually cause damage to their tongue and beak. Let them feed on native plants.

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”Birds, bugs, lizards and penguins are my favourite Backyard Buddies – I like to find, watch and learn about what they do and what I can do to help them.“

Gus – 11 year old Backyard Buddy, NSW

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