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Pair-bonding of Rainbow Lorikeets, Brisbane Australia.   //  Rainbow Lorikeet - Psittacidae: Trichoglossus haematodus. Length to 30cm; wingspan to 45cm; weight to 150g; Found in northern and eastern Australia from the Kimberley Region in northern Western Australia (Red-collared Lorikeet, T. h. rubritorquis) to eastern South Australia. Occurs in forests, woodlands, heath, and rural and urban areas. Aviary-escapees are established in many towns and cities. Widespread with many subpsecies - often with a different name - from eastern Indonesia (Maluku=Molucca Islands) through New Guinea east to Vanuatu and New Caledonia in the south-west Pacific, north through Manus and the Admiralty Islands to the Philippine Islands (this may be a separate species - the taxonomy of the group is yet to be finalised). Close up reveals the beauty of an unusual combination of colours - blue, green, yellow, orange. The iris, a narrow brown ring surrounding the pupil and bright orange-red around this, is used in mating and threat displays. The brown feather colour is the result of water filling micro-structures on the barbs and changing the qualities of reflected light.  //Eric Lindgren//