Trichoglossus haematodes

Trichoglossus haematodes

Trichoglossus haematodes

(Rainbow Lorikeet)

FAMILY

Psittacidae

Species

Trichoglossus haematodes

Common name

Rainbow Lorikeet

Main colour

Green

Distinctive feature

Bright colours/screeching, body 28 cm long

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

These brightly coloured birds are usually observed on campus wrecking flowers of eucalypts (Corymbia and Eucalyptus), paperbarks (Melaleuca) and umbrella trees (Schefflera) as they search for nectar. Frequently found in groups, they seem to be constantly chattering and screeching. Legs and feet are grey-brown, eyes are red and the bill is orange. Bird is photographed on Xanthostemon chrysanthus (Yellow penda)

Additional photos

Lorikeet in Euodia

Lorikeet Feeding in Euodia (Melicope elleryana)