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Rainbow Lorikeet

By lesliea
The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet are increasingly treated as separate species (see Taxonomy).

Rainbow Lorikeets have been introduced to Perth, Western Australia; Auckland, New Zealand;[3] and Hong Kong.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is a medium-sized parrot, with the length ranging from 2530 cm (9.8-11.8 in) in size, and has a wingspan of about 17 cm (6.7 in). The weight varies from 75157 g (2.65.5 oz). The plumage of the nominate race, as with all subspecies, is very bright. The head is deep blue with a greenish-yellow nuchal collar, and the rest of the upperparts (wings, back and tail) are deep green. The chest is red with blue-black barring. The belly is deep green, and the thighs and rump are yellow with deep green barring. In flight a yellow wing-bar contrasts clearly with the red underwing coverts.

There is little to visually distinguish between the sexes, however to a keen observer of their colouring and behaviour, their dimorphism is readily apparent.

Juveniles have a black beak, which gradually brightens to orange in the adults.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: ColleenA, Hermanus, lenocm and 19 more

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ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
1 Jan 2014 4:22AM
What a beauty Allen, I am so enjoying the beautiful coloured variety of birds in Australia...great use of dof, well captured

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
1 Jan 2014 4:23AM
An excellent write up on this really lovely image Allen !! Super colour !!
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 8:59AM
Great narrative on this beautifully coloured bird Allen. Lovely pictures to start the year. Grin Peter
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 9:33AM
Stunning colour and detail.

Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year Allen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
1 Jan 2014 9:59AM
These are Brilliant I love the expression's on the children's facesSmile
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2014 11:12AM
Delightful images all the best for 2014.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
1 Jan 2014 11:34AM
A delightful set of images with the birds interacting so well: all the very best to you and your's through 2014, Allen.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
1 Jan 2014 2:55PM
Beautiful birds, Allen. The one in v2 doesn't seem to like the food being offered!

2 Jan 2014 2:41AM
Delightful set of images Allen.All the best for 2014..Lin
A great fun set Allen.. How tame are they!!

Lynette Grin

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