Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus rubritorquatus

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus rubritorquatus

Family: Psittacidae (Parrots, 40 species in Australia)
Size: 28 cm
Distribution: Within about 100 km of the coasts of QLD, NSW, VIC and Eastern SA
Status: Abundant to Common
Habitat: Rainforests, open forests, woodlands, heaths, gardens, urban areas.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The Rainbow Lorikeet is known for its bright colours and friendly outgoing, social behaviour. Some places have gatherings of hundreds or even thousands of them which can get extremely loud.

Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus rubritorquatus
Photo: North Sydney NSW

Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus rubritorquatus
Photo: North Sydney NSW

Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus rubritorquatus
Photo: North Sydney NSW

Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus rubritorquatus
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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