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Rainbow Lorikeet

rainbow lorikeet feeding on callistemon bottlebrush tree

Rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus IMG 6164 - The rainbow lorikeet is one of the most colourful birds in Australia and is often seen in large flocks, but this bird, which was visiting the photographer's garden, enjoyed a banquet all on its own. The flowers of this Australian native bottlebrush tree, a Callistemon species, contain nectar that is a major part of the bird's diet, and it was in no hurry to leave.

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