Rainbow lorikeets

Rainbow Lorikeets are as common as mud here in South Australia. They are survivors. They’re a beautiful bird and I can remember as a kid being fascinated by them and my kids are the same, they are one of the first birds you notice growing up.

They can also be a challenge. They can gather in flocks of many and are aggressive to other birds. Where they have been introduced in Western Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand (recently, too, makes me want to slap some people) they have become almost immediate pests.

And they are loud. They are the only native species I have ever felt like throttling (it was 7am, I had a splitting headache and a whole flock of them landed outside my holiday cabin window in a tiny tree – concentrated squawkage!).

But they are beautiful and apparently native to the Adelaide area though definitely not in the numbers we see today. They certainly contribute to the ambient sounds of life here – check out anything I’ve filmed outside and it is guaranteed that you can hear them in the distance. I’ve been using them for photographic practise and plan to do some painting at some point (gotta get just the right photo first πŸ˜€ )

Rainbow Lorikeet

What you lookin’ at?

They eat mostly fruit and nectar and can be found clambering all over the nearest flowering eucalypt tree. Below they are clambering all over my red flowering gum (that flowers in pink ::rolls eyes:: )

rainbow lorikeets

They are very distinct from all the other parrots in Adelaide. There is a smaller lorikeet around, but their colouring is remarkably different.

rainbow lorikeet

And here is a 20 second video to give you an idea of the sounds and movements of this bird. I’ve uploaded it to Instagram if you can’t see it here for whatever reason. Apologies for the wobbly filming, I’m buying a tripod, I promise (along with the new camera ::sigh:: )


This is my submission for Saturday Critters, don’t forget to drop in over there and check out all the wonderful animals of our world.

Art Always!

Best wishes,