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20080705Da_EL_076=_MG_5297_Rainbow_Lorikeet_preening-Brisbane_Australia-Cropped_PS.tif
Colourful pattern from Rainbow Lorikeet feathers.  //  Rainbow Lorikeet: Psittacidae:Trichoglossus haematodus. Length to 30cm, wingspan to 45cm, weight to 150.  While preening an Australian Rainbow Lorikeet makes a colourful pattern of orange, royal blue and green. Found in coastal regions in northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberley Region in northern Western Australia (Red-collared Lorikeet) to eastern South Australia. Occurs in forests, woodlands and rural and urban areas. Feeds mainly on nectar and pollen which it gathers with its brush-tipped tongue. Aviary-escapees are established in many towns and cities. Now occurs in south-west Western Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong.  Widespread with many subspecies - often with a different name - from eastern Indonesia (Maluku = Molucca Islands) through New Guinea east to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, north through Manus and the Admiralty Islands the Philippine Islands (taxonomy of the group is not yet finalised and this may be a different species).  Common.  //