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Lorikeets

Lorikeets are small, brightly coloured, regal, highly arboreal parrots.  These active and energetic birds are flamboyantly coloured and have many distinctive characteristics.

Scientific name: Trichoglossus moluccanus

Origin / Habitat: Western Pacific and the East Indies area , Australia

Size: 10 - 12 inches depending on species

Life Span: up to 20 years

Diet: Nectar and Pollen

Did you know?

  • They are restricted to the western Pacific and the East Indies area, with a total of some 55 species recognised - only 12 species are kept as pets and 7 species live in Australia.
  • They range in colour from multi coloured feathers, red to green, blue and black, depending on the species.
  • Lories and lorikeets are small, brightly coloured, regal parrots which have tapered wings and pointed tails, this gives them the agility needed to manoeuvre through the air in densely grown tropical forests.
  • They live up to the age of 20 years but it has been known for them to exceed an age of 30 years in captivity.
  • There are 55 different species of lorikeets - only 12 species are kept as pets and 7 species live in Australia.
  • Their diet differs from other parrots as they live on mainly on nectar and pollen as well soft fruit instead of seed.
  • They have several distinctive characteristics; the main one difference from other groups of Parrots is their adaptation to a pollen, nectar and fruit diet. This has led to the development of a brush-like structure at the tip of their tongue, a long, slender bill to assist probing into flowers.
  • Their main predators include larger birds such as brown falcons, peregrine falcons and whistling kites. Pythons are also known to feed on lorikeets.
  • They are capable of talking and also good whistlers.
  • Many species from Indonesia and adjoining countries are highly endangered due to habitat destruction and collecting for aviculture.
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