Saturday, January 22, 2011

Colour and movement

Fast flying and extremely colourful, the Rainbow Lorikeet is a favourite bird for locals and visitors alike.
One of the more vocal birds, Rainbow Lorikeets are well known for the array of colours seemingly splashed over their bodies. 

The Rainbow Lorikeet has a wide distribution; found in various parts of Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Not restricted to rainforest areas, the Rainbow Lorikeet enjoys parks and gardens as well. The Rainbow Lorikeet possesses two toes facing forward and two backward for balance and ease of grasping, and grow to over 30 cm in length.Whilst mainly nectar feeders, these birds are extremely adaptable, eating fruit, berries, seeds, and even insect and their larvae if required. At this time of year, when blossom is hard to find, the fruit from the Umbrella Tree is a favourite.