Rainbow Lorikeets

To: Terry Pacey <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets
From: Kiran Krishna <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 09:28:07 +1100 (EST)
Dear Terry,

 I have seen Rainbow Lorikeets aimlessly fighting among themselves, biting
and scratching mostly. Never though on the ground, or any wrestle
anywhere. I think a photgraph of such behaviour would be wonderful.

On Tue, 13 Nov 2001, Terry Pacey wrote:

> I think I have mentioned before the paucity of species in my immediate area
> (30 species, only, in seven months).  The main species are probably the
> Rainbow Lorikeets.
> This morning, I witnessed some bizarre behaviour even for Rainbows.  A VERY
> noisy confrontation had me scurrying out the front to find what they were
> attacking.  It was simply themselves.  A group of up to ten Rainbow
> Lorikeets were fighting with each other, biting and scratching and flying at
> each other at full speed.  This continued in a number of Callistemons on
> both sides of the street.  I paid particular attention and it was not one or
> two birds being attacked by the others, rather it was a street (pun
> intended) brawl with all involved.  At one stage they were chasing each
> other around the trunk of one tree like a noisy group of treecreepers.  At
> this stage a Noisy Miner just had to join in.  It was too rough even for it
> and it soon departed to reflect.
> On four occasions the fight ended up on the ground, twice on the grassed
> footpath and twice onto the bitumen roadway.  At these times, the birds
> ended rolling on the ground in twos and threes locked together in what
> looked like mortal combat.  This would continue for about 20 seconds until
> one or more birds succeeded in unlocking themselves from the others and took
> off to the tress again.  This was the signal for all to cease their
> wrestling and take off.  After about 8 minutes, all hostilities ceased and
> they flew off together.
> If I didn't know better (?), I would say they were having a game (although
> rough) similar to a group of children.  Judie Peet is certainly correct when
> she signs her e-mails "The only thing certain in birdwatching is that
> nothing's certain.".
> Terry Pacey
> 27°57'02"S  153°24'12"E
> Gold Coast
> SE Qld
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Kiran Krishna
3rd yr physics
(Falkiner High Energy Physics)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006


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