Rainbow Lorikeets?

To: Tonya Haff <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets?
From: John Brannan <>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:22:25 +1100
On 21/12/10 10:27 AM, Tonya Haff wrote:
I had a couple rainbow lorikeets in my yard in Aranda this morning, and have heard them several times before. I'm just wondering if there is a consensus on whether or not rainbows in this area are most likely to be escaped cage birds, or are wild birds making their way farther west?
Short of DNA testing there's no way to be sure, but the most likely origin of your lorikeets is the gradually expanding population in Hawker, which appears to have also spawned outbreaks around the ANU and down in Weston (if I recall correctly). I've heard that the Hawker population originated from escapees that bred successfully, so in a way, the answer your question is arguably both. Incidentally, I recorded two Rainbow Lorikeets on a survey I did in Aranda back in July.

John Brannan

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