The Zoo is home to a flock of rainbow lorikeets, a member of the parrot family which originates from Australia. Rainbow lorikeets are monogamous, keeping the same partner throughout the breeding season and sometimes for their whole lives.
Lorikeets are extremely noisy birds, communicating with loud squawks in a constant chatter.
Even though we are not currently offering the opportunity for guests to feed the lorikeets, the aviary is still open to watch the birds busily foraging, nesting, playing and swooping rapidly from tree to tree.
In the wild, rainbow lorikeets eat a combination of nectar, pollen and fruit. At Bristol Zoo, our nectar mix includes commercial nectar powder and baby food; the lorikeets also enjoy fruit spiked on branches.
Rainbow lorikeets are found in tropical rainforest and scrub bush in Australia.
Rainbow lorikeets are widespread and relatively common within their native Australia. However, there is a range of lorikeet species that look very similar to the rainbow lorikeet, which are are found throughout the islands of South-east Asia. A number of these species face extinction due to capture for the pet trade and habitat loss.
Lorikeets have an unusual tongue. It is long and narrow, and the end is bristly like a brush. The bristles pick up pollen and help to lap up the sweet nectar.
You can find our rainbow lorikeets in their own walkthrough aviary, connected to the Forest of Birds
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