Rainbow lorikeet

Trichoglossus haematodus

Rainbow lorikeets are native to Australia, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu. Introduced populations are present in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Rainbow Lorikeet behavior and facts

  • Rainbow lorikeets form small, noisy groups that feed acrobatically in the tree canopy. They are often in mixed flocks with other parrots. At night, they roost with hundreds of birds. Vocalizations vary: sharp rolling screeches at regular intervals in flight, shrill chattering when feeding, soft twittering when they are at rest.
  • For the different species, wingspans range from 4.8 to 5.9 inches and heights range from 9 to 12 inches.
  • Beaks range from .55 to .9 inches, and tails, from .7 to 4.6 inches;

Nesting, courtship and mating

Rainbow lorikeets nest in isolated pairs in high, unlined tree hollows. Breeding has been recorded most months of the year. Courtship displays include wing fluttering to reveal under-wing patterns, swinging upside-down, head-bobbing, tail-fanning and bill-fencing. The female lays 2 to 3 eggs, which are incubated 25 days. Young birds fledge at 7 to 8 weeks.


Endangered per CITES Appendix II.

Lorikeets, the Oregon Zoo and you

Rainbow lorikeets live in the Lorikeet Landing exhibit where they enjoy a daily diet of 30 percent nectar, 30 percent fruit and vegetables (such as kale, grapes, apples or cantaloupe) 30 percent bird of paradise pellets and 10 percent plant flowers, plus novelty items.

They are sociable and enjoy being around people.