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rainbow lorikeet

rainbow lorikeet with flowers of corkwood tree

Rainbow lorikeet IMG 6545 - The rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus, 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 the Australian native corkwood tree (Melicope elleryana syn. Euodia elleryana) contain nectar that is a major part of the bird's diet, and it was in no hurry to leave.

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