Today I want to write about a beautiful species of parrot that I often see near my house, the rainbow lorikeet.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- This medium sized member of the parrot family grows to about 32 cm long.
- As their name suggests, rainbow lorikeets are one of the most colourful and beautiful birds in the world. They have a red beak, a blue head and belly, an orange and yellow chest, a yellow nape and a green tail and wings.
- They spend most of their time in trees, eating pollen, nectar, fruit, seeds and insects. They have a special brush-tipped tongue that helps them to feed on nectar.
- Like many parrots, they lay their eggs in a tree hollow. They most often lay 2 eggs. Only the female incubates the eggs, but both mum and dad help with feeding the young.
- Rainbow lorikeets are a very noisy and common species and is found in small groups in forests and open woodland along the east coast of Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands. They are often found in suburban areas and I see them a lot near my house and school.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about rainbow lorikeets?