Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the ground

To: "birding aus" <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the ground
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 17:26:05 +1100

As I walked through our local park this morning on my way to the station, I
noticed 5 or 6 Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the ground.  This is not an
unusual occurrence in our park (Bolton Park in Box Hill, Vic) and I have
also seen lorikeets feeding on the ground at nearby Blacks Walk.

The lorikeets always look ungainly on the ground, moving about with short,
high hops or a slow rolling gait.  They also seem to have less predator
awareness and it is possible to walk within a metre of them before they
show any response.  In fact, their numbers would have been reduced if I
walked my dogs off lead.

I have inspected the ground cover where they are feeding and there doesn't
seem to be any obvious food source; just the usual mix of weeds, none of
which are in seed or flower.

Does anyone have any ideas about what it is they are after on the ground?


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