At this time of year flocks of Rainbow Lorikeets screech around the Banksia trees feeding on nectar from the blossoms. They are so noisy in that parrot kind of way that it is hard to miss them … but until now I could not get a good photograph to share with you.
Rainbow Lorikeets feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and have a specially shaped tongue adapted to this diet. They are commonly fed by householders who put out a mixture of honey and water, but this is not a recommended practice. Here they feed in the wild, and gather in flocks when the banksias are flowering, to swoop and dive and call to each other in a raucous and colourful display of territoriality.