What do they look like? Rainbow Lorikeets are a brightly coloured small parrot. They have a strong thick beak.
Where do they live? Rainbow Lorikeets are found along the east coast of Australia. They live and feed around forests and woodlands. During the day they forage in flowering trees, at night they roost in trees and during the breeding season they nest in hollows. In the local area they seem to have a preference to roost in Norfolk Pines.
What do they eat? Lorikeets feed on fresh fruits and nectar from blossoms. They have a specialized brush-tip tongue to allow them to delicately drink the nectar from the flowers.
Behaviour: This is a gregarious species which feed during the day in groups of 5-50 and roost at night in flocks of hundreds. For over 60 years a large flock of Lorikeets have come to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary twice a day to feed on an artificial supplement.
Reproduction: Rainbow Lorikeets breed between August and January. They utilise tree hollows to build a nest. Females will lay 2-3 eggs in a clutch which she will then incubate for 25-26 days. Nestlings fledge at about 10 weeks of age.
Threats: Habitat destruction and the removal of wildlife corridors have reduced numbers of this species in some areas.
Conservation Status: Common.