Rainbow Lorikeets [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

To: "Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS" <>, <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
From: "John Cummings" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 13:53:43 +1000


We used to feed birds in Gympie and mostly they were Rainbows that came with the odd smattering of Scaly-breasted.

When the Blue Gums were flowering the only rainbows that came to the feeder were the pair that had a nesting hollow in our back yard.

Rainbows will travel to where the food is and a fair way if our experience is correct.

Blue Gums were one of their favourite foods so when they were in flower they forgot about things like bird feeders and fed exclusively on them.


John Cummings

CWC Coordinator

Sthn NSW & ACT

Mission Australia

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Enjoy this life

From: Whitworth, Benjamin - BRS [
Sent: Thursday, 29 March 2007 11:43 AM
Cc: Barbara Allan
Subject: [canberrabirds] Rainbow Lorikeets [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Today I saw 15 Rainbow lorikeets in Hawker, at the Park between Woolner and Ambalindum Sts. Although I didn’t have my binos it appeared there were at least 6 juveniles/immatures with short tails and dark beaks although none were begging. They left in sub-flocks of 8 heading NE towards Hawker shops, and a group of 5 and 2 heading East to Maroak St. I believe 15 is the biggest flock ever recorded in ACT.


Last week I thought I saw at least 9 rainbow lorikeets settling down to roost at the end of Dungowan St. But couldn’t confirm the numbers. So it is good I could confirm with the above. The end of Dungowan St is SW Hawker (next to Pinnacle NP) and is probably where they breed. They spend a lot of time near Hawker Primary, probably where the original birds escaped from many years ago.


Their home range appears to be at least 3/4s of Hawker (SE, NE and SW) with forays into Scullin, Weetangera and I saw 2 birds 2 times in Macquarie. That seems like quite a big home range to me, although they are nectar feeders so they probably have to go where the food is.


Benj Whitworth

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