|Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus moluccanus
(aka Trichoglossus haematodus)
The Rainbow Lorikeet is distributed around coastal northern, eastern and south-eastern Australia as far as the Eyre Peninsula.
It is found in a wide variety of forest and woodland habitats as well as scrubland, gardens and is commonly seen in towns and cities. It feeds mainly on nectar and pollen from such trees as eucalypts and banksias.
It is extremely colourful with its red bill, blue head, apple-green nape, orange-red chest and blue belly.
|Many authorities lump Rainbow Lorikeet with Coconut Lorikeet T. haematodus, Biak Lorikeet T. rosenbergii and Red-collared Lorikeet T. rubritorquis but all are treated as distinct species by the HBW and Birdlife International Checklist.|
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