Rainbow Lorikeet

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Trichoglossus haematodus


Size 30cm.

Familiar noisy and bold lorikeet. Bright red bill and eye, streaky violet/blue head, yellow/green nape, blue belly, red/orange chest and ‘trousers’, green back. Despite vibrant colours, difficult to see in trees. Large noisy flocks dart and twist through and above trees.

Feeding Habits

Blossom feeder. Uses brush like tongue to harvest nectar and pollen from flowering eucalypts, banksias, paperbarks and bottlebrushes. Also feed on orchard fruits. Often feed hanging upside down.


Probably pair for life. An elaborate courtship is followed by selecting a suitable tree hollow or dead limb for nesting. The female does most of the incubating, and the eggs hatch in about 3 weeks. Both parents feed the young which fledge in about 8 weeks.

Traditional Owner Values

Manbarra - Language Name : Mungundula meaning Mens’ business


The feathers from this bird is used for Men’s business ceremony.

Places to Look

Rainforest, woodlands, urban parks and gardens. Encourage Rainbow Lorikeets to your garden by planting their favourite food trees or shrubs. Communal roosts in Townsville Mall and local parks.


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

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