Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow lorikeets out in nature during the day. Adobe Stock, by robdthepastrychef

National Bird Day

The Rainbow Lorikeet

The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus) is a vibrantly colored parrot native to the eastern states of Australia.

This lorikeet’s brilliant rainbow plumage and bright orange beak make it one of Australia’s most beautiful birds.

Side view of a Rainbow Lorikeet, Adobe Stock, by Eric Isselée


A rainbow lorikeet’s diet is primarily fruit, nectar, and pollen.

It is considered to be the most commonly viewed bird in Australia.

The Rainbow Lorikeet, Adobe Stock, by lessysebastian

Loriquet. Adobe Stock, by Didier Laurent

Captive rainbow lorikeets make sweet, cuddly, and playful pets, though they are known to be loud. In the wild they often travel and nest in pairs but will form flocks that can be as large a thousand birds or more.

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