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Birdwatching - Rainbow Lorikeets

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
My work has been published in The Age, The Herald-Sun, The Australian, The Big Issue, Australian Birdlife, The Bark (USA), Eureka Street, Overland and The Australian Jewish News.
Published February 15th 2012
Melbourne's noisiest bird is also its most colourful. The Rainbow Lorikeet can be found everywhere, needing only flowering trees to feed on for their nectar and pollen, and hollows to nest in come spring.

Rainbow Lorikeets breed in tree hollows

The Rainbow Lorikeet is a medium sized parrot, about 30cm long with a wingspan of 16cm. For all the racket they make, they weigh only about 100g.

Rainbows have green wings, back and tails, blue heads, red beaks, yellow thighs and rump (under the tail) and red chests. When flying, they flash green across the sky, often calling to one another their raucous screech.

You can find them anywhere in Melbourne - in parks, private gardens and even the CBD. Just follow the shrieks.

Their flight is very rapid and they form the shape of an arrow with their wings, long tails and blunt heads.

At day's end, they gather in large, noisy groups, socialising, fighting and feeding. They're great acrobats, hanging upside down as they probe flowers with their special, brush-tipped tongue.
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