The 2006 bushfires in the Grampians raged for more than a week, burning 50 percent of the park’s eucalypt woodlands, the habitat of the rainbow Lorikeet. before this even this parrot was not seen in Mildura. The Rainbow Lorikeets went searching for nectar and pollen and landed in the Mildura area. This has caused great concern to the local farmers.
Scientific Name: Trichoglossus haematodus
Common Name: Rainbow Lorikeet
Distinguishing Features: The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. This medium sized member of the parrot family grows to about 32 cm long.
Habitat: They can be found in rainforests,woodlands and well-treed urban areas. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.
Diet: It forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects.
Interesting Facts: As their name suggests, rainbow lorikeets are one of the most colourful and beautiful birds in the world. Like many parrots, they lay their eggs in a tree hollow. They most often lay 2 eggs. Only the female incubates the eggs, but both mum and dad help with feeding the young.
Rainbow lorikeets are a very noisy and common species and is found in small groups along the east coast of Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. I see them a lot near my house and school.