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About 70-80 of these noisy guys visit the gravillia tree just 40 feet from my back door daily, with only the Sony F707 and Olympus B300 1.7x teleconverter (323mm) it is not easy to sneak up on them, now if I had one of them DSLRs with about 600mm reach I could sit on my bedroom verandah with a beer and shoot them till the cows come home, oh well I suppose I can dream :-).

RAINBOW LORIKEET

This most striking coloured and noisy bird is one of 328 species of parrots found and 1 of 21 subspecies of Lorikeets found over the south west Pacific. Its scientific name is Trichoglossus haematodus

Description
This is truly where a picture is better than a thousand words There intense colours have patches of emerald green, orange midnight blue, dull blue, ruby red,lemon yellow, purple, violet greenish grey. Surprisingly enough this colourful bird can be hard sometimes to pick out in its natural habitat They are a small bird generally 11 to 12 inches long, weighing 120 to 140 grams on average females are generally a bit smaller and adolescents have duller markings They are said to live over 20 years in the wild Their vocalisation is varied from "screeching" in flight to "chatting" during feeding

Habitat and Distribution
Rainbow lorikeets distribution is mainly over the north-east in Australia
Their habitat ranges from forests of all sorts (heathlands, open forests, rainforest, sclerophyll forest) coastal or inland, to any area including urban areas that have suitable trees,

Behaviour
These birds are normally found in flocks, large flocks at night roosting in trees (thousands) but during the daytime they move and feed in much smaller flocks ranging up to 20 odd birds Late evening you may see larger flocks as they head towards their roosting site They are arboreal, which means they like trees, and can be very noisy, active, gregarious (sociable) and are often seen in the company of other birds They will spend long times feeding in trees but in hot conditions will have an afternoon break from feeding

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Additional Photos by Ian Sharp (Wirraway) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 0 N: 336] (1985)
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