Tuesday, 13 May 2014

ABC Wednesday, R for Rainbow Lorikeet

As I already showed you in one of my previous posts , this colourful bird had my full attention when I was in Australia at Christmas 2013.

 

Here they have a great party, feeding on a slice of bread with honey.


 

 Rainbow lorikeets live mainly in the forests of north-east  Australia.They live in trees and feed in large flocks.  The male and female birds are the same colours. 

In this photo there are some grey birds. They are Mickey Birds or Noisy Minors.



 

Rainbow Lorikeets often travel together in pairs and occasionally respond to calls to fly as a flock, then disperse again into pairs. Rainbow Lorikeet pairs defend their feeding and nesting areas aggressively against other Rainbow Lorikeets and other bird species. They chase off not only smaller birds such as the Noisy Miner, but also larger and more powerful birds such as the Australian Magpie.

Three photos from Wikipedia

In Brisbane, Queensland. The yellow wing-bar is present in all subspecies, except T. h. rosenbergii where it is deep orange


Rainbow Lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet. The end of the tongue is equipped with a papillate appendage adapted to gathering pollen and nectar from flowers.


Don't forget Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and Roger , who took over from her.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with R.




27 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what an extraordinary, colorful bird, Wil!! Wonderful captures! Thank you as always for sharing the beauty of your world and ABCs!! Hope you're enjoying some lovely spring weather!!

Sylvia

Cloudia said...

Such a cheering bird and post, Wil!

Thank You for the pleasure. Hope you are well. Have I told you how magical your "blog header" is?


Warm ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral

ladyfi said...

Oh my -- they are adorable!

Roger Owen Green said...

such a pretty bird!

Miss_Yves said...

Un superbe festival de couleurs avec ces magnifiques oiseaux!

ellen b. said...

Such amazing colors. Great catches.

photowannabe said...

The Lorikeets are spectacular. I love their colors.
Noisy but beautiful.

Hildred said...

Oh, I love your header Wil, and the bird is fantastic with such beautiful colouring.

Pat - Arkansas said...

What a gorgeous little bird. What a treat to see a group of them together, dining on bread and honey. Sweet!

Ann said...

So gorgeous all grouped together--stunning colors.
Ann

Norma Ruttan said...

what a wonderful, colorful series of beautiful photos! I would probably not want to leave there.

Ann said...

Yes,it was the song by Beethoven
Ann

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

That is one stunning and very colorful bird. It's truly a feast for the eye. Blessings!

Hazel Ceej said...

What a beauty! Colors seem to drive the rain away.

Leslie: said...

What an absolutely amazing rainbow of colours! You were so lucky to see them.

Leslie
abcw team

AmitAag said...

Rainbow colors indeed! Lovely:)
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namaki said...

What beautiful birds ! And I guess you are enjoying your grand kids too !

Trubes said...

Fabulous birds and such wonderful colours, As you know Wil I love colourful birds, seeing that we have Chico our beautiful Cockatiel.
I did some research on the Quall re your previous post on Q and found a site called The ark in Space which does confirm that the Tasmanian Devil and the Quall are indeed related..
www.arkinspace

best wishes,
Di,x

SamuraiFrog said...

Golly, what a lovely bird.

I get so into animals because of where I live. I don't see many animals anymore. When I was a little kid, we used to see animals all the time. But then the area got so built up that the animals were forced out, and now, at 37, I see fewer and fewer, and it makes me sad.

Joy said...

I loved hearing them chirrup while feeding on the bread and honey. What an amazing colour they are.

Indrani said...

They look so beautiful! It is like riot of colors.
Happy ABCW!

Trubes said...

Reader Wil,
I must correct my typo error, should read Quoll not Quall, don't know how I managed to make the error twice, dear dear!

Di.x

Tanya Breese said...

they are such pretty birds!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've seen pictures of those beautiful birds on your blog and I think other from Australia, but never so many in one place. The idea that you could see so many of these wonders at once absolutely fills me with delight! I love this post.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I love yr beautiful birds in Australia. My sis ter in the Gold coast have 2 trees. These birds come for their berries. My sis say, " No need for Christmas decorations.

Patty said...

They are such a pretty bird and they seem like happy little fellows. Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great week-end. Raining here again.

Susan Moore said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post last week! Such vibrant colors - they are really eye-catching. I love watching the birds around my house but we don't have anything quite so colorful as these.