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Rainbow lorikeet

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Rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus, IMG 5315 - Australia has its share of famous characters, but in 1771 it was a rainbow lorikeet that earned a place in history when it became the first of Australia’s 56 species of parrots to spread its wings over British shores. The bird’s epic adventure had begun the previous year when it was captured in Botany Bay and became the pet of a Polynesian man named Tupaia who shared James Cook’s celebrated voyage on board the Endeavour. Sadly, Tupaia died on the return journey to England, but the bird, which survived and was given to Marmaduke Turnstall, a wealthy ornithologist, was destined for immortality.

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