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Rainbows at The Pinnacle

By johnboy - 8 April 2013 9

rainbow lorikeets

Ben_Dover has sent in this lovely picture:

Rainbows at the Pinnacle

A tree down there had a about 20 little rainbow lorrikeets in it a couple of mornings back. Lovely little fellows, shame I didn’t get a good shot of them. Not that common around here are they?

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Rainbows at The Pinnacle
smeeagain 4:03 pm 10 Apr 13

sepi said :

they actually could be baby swift lorrikeets, which are native to Canberra, but rare.

They are Rainbow lorikeets. Swifts are significantly smaller than the rainbows and mostly green, with only small patches of colour on their faces and wings, not big bands of colour across their head and breast like the rainbows.

Pork Hunt 5:06 pm 08 Apr 13

According to my Slater Field Guide, they are Rainbow Lorikeets (eastern form).
I have a whole bunch of pics taken at Tuross Heads but all in b&w by accident. Might as well be magpies…

poetix 4:38 pm 08 Apr 13

They are argumentative little rioters, like most birds who live on sugar.

Nice photo!

GardeningGirl 3:54 pm 08 Apr 13

For a ‘not a good shot’ I think it’s rather lovely.
I’ve never seen them around here.

Ben_Dover 3:37 pm 08 Apr 13

sepi said :

they actually could be baby swift lorrikeets, which are native to Canberra, but rare.

What’s the defining difference sepi? What should I look for when I see them next?

sepi 12:44 pm 08 Apr 13

they actually could be baby swift lorrikeets, which are native to Canberra, but rare.

Erg0 12:19 pm 08 Apr 13

I saw a couple yesterday in the trees near Garran Primary School, which seem to be housing a pretty diverse population at the moment. We’re currently attempting to entice them to our back yard for some photos…

dungfungus 12:09 pm 08 Apr 13

smeeagain said :

They’re not local to the ACT, but there has been a population in the Hawker area for the last 7 or 8 years that is steadily growing with each breeding season. They were originally an aviary escapee I would imagine.

There are at least one pair in the nature reserve between Fadden and Gowrie. They regularly visit a feeder in someone’s backyard along with King Parrots, Eastern Rosellas, Crimson Rosellas, Long Billed Corellas etc. Sadly, the pair of visiting Gang Gangs haven’t been seen for 2 seasons now.
I suspect these escaped from an aviary as well.

smeeagain 11:39 am 08 Apr 13

They’re not local to the ACT, but there has been a population in the Hawker area for the last 7 or 8 years that is steadily growing with each breeding season. They were originally an aviary escapee I would imagine.

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