Lorikeets have specialised brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar and soft fruits.

In Australia, these common and brightly coloured parrots cause damage in orchards and vineyards. Their tongues help them to collect the nectar and pollen. They tend to roost in large groups and can be seen at dusk, arriving in their hundreds at their favourite roosting place, usually tall Eucalyptus trees.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Flower nectars, pollen, nuts, seeds and fruit.
Life Span:
20 years plus
Number of Young:
1 - 3 eggs
Australasia, South east Asia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Woodlands and tropical forests
Did you know?
We have 2 different Lorikeet species, the green naped and the Swainson's. Both are a type of Rainbow Lorikeet.

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