Rainbow Lorikeet

The rainbow lorikeet, with its Australasian origin, is a medium sized vibrant parrot known for its breathtakingly colorful appearance justifying the name. Like any other members of lorikeet family, these birds are also recognized as “brush-tongued parrots” due to their unique ways of excavating nectar and pollen from flowers.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Superfamily Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Subfamily Loriinae
Tribe Loriini
Genus Trichoglossus
Scientific Name Trichoglossus moluccanus


Quick Information

Other Names Australian rainbow lorikeet, rainbow lory, blue-bellied lorikeet
Size 10-12 in( 25-30 cm)
Wingspan 6.6 in(17 cm)
Weight 75-157gm
Color Blue head and abdomen, red chest with black-blue strikes, green wings, tail, and back. Yellow rump with dark green streaks.

Baby rainbow lorikeets sport gray beak which changes to orange as they age.

Distribution Australia, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Eastern Indonesia, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea
  • Rosenberg’s lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus rosenbergii)
  • Swainson’s lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus)
  •  Green-naped lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
  • Pale-head lorikeet (T. h. caeruleiceps)
  • Blue-faced lorikeet (T. h. intermedius)
  • Southern green-naped lorikeet (T. h. micropteryx)
  • Olive-green lorikeet (T. h. flavicans)
  • Coconut or Massena’s lorikeet (T. h. Massena)
  • Deplanche’s lorikeet (T. h. deplanchii)
  • Edward’s or marigold lorikeet (T. haematodus capistratus)
Habitat Woodlands, coastal bush, and rainforest
Sound   Squawking, high pitched singing and imitation of words
Clutch 1-3 eggs
Incubation Period Around 25 days
Fledging 56-60 days
Lifespan 10-20 years, which can extend up to 30 years
Diet Pollen, fruits, insects and nectar
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

Color mutations

  • Lutino rainbow lorikeet
  • Blue-fronted rainbow lorikeet
  • Cinnamon rainbow lorikeet
  • Grey-green rainbow lorikeet
  • Mustard rainbow lorikeet
  • Jade rainbow lorikeet
  • Olive rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet Pets

Rainbow Lorikeet Pets

Rainbow Lorikeet Pictures

Rainbow Lorikeet Pictures

As pets

The convivial bird with its exuberance and friendly nature makes a good human companion. Although its chattering and singing can be amusing for you, its loud and shrill voice might not make it an ideal pet choice to own if you live in an apartment.


Accommodate your bird in a roomy cage sizing 48X35X48″ conducive to its flying. Besides a wide range of toys (sans strings) for its entertainment, you may incorporate a moderate sized nest box.


It can endure minimum 40°F which can go up to 90°F.

Rainbow Lorikeet Images

Rainbow Lorikeet Images

Rainbow Lorikeet Bird

Rainbow Lorikeet Bird


A rainbow lorikeet is an impish bird, always busy either in playing with toys or doing some amusing tricks. It loves to spend time outside the cage and often shows reluctance in getting back. This intelligent bird can flee from the cage by unlocking itself so you should always stay watchful.

There is no lack of enthusiasm, so as a result of being over excited by fear it can bite sometimes. You can tame your pet by proper training and introduce it to other family members to avoid sole attachment with its owner. Most of the time, a rainbow lorikeet ends up learning words and entertain others with its talking.

A single bird demands quality time from its owner, while a pair stays content in each other’s association.


Feed your rainbow lorikeet nectar mix (either wet or dry) daily.  You may also provide pollen mixture, breadcrumbs, baby cereals, oats, eucalyptus flowers, and sunflower seeds.

It is susceptible to have health hazards due to iron enriched foods, so refrain from giving it foods containing high iron.


Keep your rainbow lorikeet spick and span by making it bathe daily either through a mist spray or shallow bath. Ensure the hygiene by making the cage clean and spotless from dirt, dust, and liquid droppings. Get rid of the uneaten food before you offer the fresh ones.

Baby Rainbow Lorikeet

Baby Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet Flying

Rainbow Lorikeet Flying

Health problems

A rainbow lorikeet can suffer from any sort of nutritional deficiency, hemochromatosis (excess iron), fungal disease like aspergillosis, losing feathers and pneumonia. Consultation with a veterinarian would be the viable solution in such cases.


Rainbow lorikeets usually come with a price tag between $600-$1,000.

Interesting facts

  • Male rainbow lorikeets feed females while they incubate the eggs.
  • They roost in a unique posture, by laying completely upside-down that too on their back and sometimes wrapping pieces of clothes or blankets.
  • This species has more than twenty subspecies.
  • Wild rainbow lorikeets have been considered as pests from 1960 after this species was mistakenly released in numbers in Western Australia.
  • Rainbow lorikeets remain monogamous throughout their lives.
  • Red-collared lorikeets were previously considered as a subspecies of rainbow lorikeets, but not anymore.

One thought on “Rainbow Lorikeet

  1. Julius soo says:

    I found a rainbow lorikeet in my garden here in malaysia.my 2 pet dogs have never seen it before. so they thought it was a toy bird but as soon as they touched the rainbow lory it flew away and my dogs started chasing it around my garden.

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