The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) is a common medium-sized parrot along the east and southern coast of Australia.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is brightly coloured, with a deep blue head, green collar, and deep green wings, back, belly and tail. Its chest is red with blue-black barring. It has a red beak with a yellow tip, and red eyes.
It grows to about 25-30 centimetres (10-12 inches) tall.
They eat fruit, pollen, seeds, and nectar.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is often found in pairs. They make a nest in the hollow of trees. Females lay 1-3 eggs, which hatch after about 25 days. Only the female sits on the eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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