It’s pretty spectacular when you think about it. Coming from America, we had unimpressive birdlife – seagulls, pigeons, and the occasional hawk. When I first arrived in Australia three years ago, I was blown away by the types of birds that were common place here. Even today, I have friends and family that constantly ask if Lorikeets, Cockatoos, Rosellas, etc. are pets.
The common Rainbow Lorikeet, as pictured above, a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas.
While pretty, these guys tend to flock, and when they’re hungry, you know it. Especially when there are 20+ sitting outside your window at 6am.