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Rainbow Lorikeet with pin feather. //  Rainbow Lorikeet - Psittacidae: Trichoglossus haematodus. Length to 30cm; wingspan to 45cm; weight to 150g; Found in coastal northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberley Region in northern Western Australia (Red-collared Lorikeet) to eastern South Australia. Occurs in forests, woodlands, heath, and rural and urban areas. Aviary-escapees are established in many towns and cities in Australia. Widespread with many sub-species - often with a different name - from eastern Indonesia through New Guinea east to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, north to the Philippine Islands. / Feathers of a wet Rainbow Lorikeet change colour because of the differences in colour types - either pigment-related or structural-related. In this lorikeet the colour of predominantly green feathers, such as on the wings and back, comes mainly from micro-structure on the feather barbules that interfere with light. When molecules of water in the rain fill in the micro-structures of the barbules  the green colour appears to be brown. Pigment-based colours are not affected, unless they have both pigmented and structural attributes. When dry this bird will return to its normal gaudy plumage.  This bird is preening its body feathers one by one to restore their integrity after an autumn shower. IUCN Status: Least Concern.  //Eric Lindgren//