Latin name: Trichoglossus haematodus
- The lorikeets have long, narrow and brush-tipped tongues that are adapted for collecting pollen as well as nectar from flowers.
- They are true acrobats! They use their feet and beaks to move about in trees and are even able to feed with their heads upside down.
- The lorikeets are gregarious and nomadic. They can be very loud! At night time, tens of thousands might gather together. During the day, they travel in smaller groups of about a dozen individuals and get together in larger numbers where an abundance of food is available.
- The lorikeets are great pollinators within their natural surroundings. In some Australian states however, their populations are controlled since they can destroy up to 90% of some fruit crops.
- The most serious threat weighing on this species is loss of habitat and the disappearance of old trees with cavities in which they nest.
Habitat Tropical forests, gardens
Status Least concern
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