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


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)


Birdsong, Don Stap Birdsong, Don Stap. From the promotional material: "Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody?"

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase from Wilderness Awareness School $24.00 USD (May not work)

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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