Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
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A large brightly coloured bird the Rainbow Lorikeet lives in most areas along the eastern seaboard especially in forests and woodland, and is often observed in city gardens and parklands. These birds often pair for life and flock together in groups of two or more by day and often larger numbers when roosting at night.  They can establish flight paths from roosting sites which are followed daily, usually along creeks, valleys or a line of hills.  Their daily feeding journeys can be up to 50k.

They are active and noisy, often seen screeching loudly while feeding and clambering among the foliage of flowering trees. They are blossom-feeders, eating the nectar and pollen, as well as fruit, leaf buds and insects on the trees.  Unlike many native birds, the Rainbow Lorikeet competes successfully against Indian Mynas for nesting hollows.

Two eggs are laid in a nest of decayed wood dust in a hollow limb or hole of a tree. Only the female incubates the eggs, while both parents feed the chicks.

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