Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia and its surrounding islands
Primarily in lowland forested regions but also in mountainous areas. Will colonize man-made habitats such as orchards, coconut plantation, and suburban gardens; prefers edges or clearings rather than interiors of closed rainforests.
Brightly colored bird with red, yellow, and green plumage and a long tapering tail. Geographical variations exist with varying colors of the head and breast.
Diet in the Zoo: nectar and fruits
Diet in the Wild: pollen, nectar, fruits, berries, seeds, leaf buds and some insect larvae
Lorikeets have developed a highly specialized “brush-tipped” tongue covered in tiny papillae which allows them to “brush” pollen and nectar out of flowers.
Generally monogamous birds; pairs are readily recognized in flocks.
CITIES Appendix II; generally common and locally plentiful but trade is controlled