This native Australian lorikeet species is aptly named "Rainbow" after its brightly colored plumage. Its scientific name is Trichoglossus haematodus. It's a medium-sized bird measuring about 10 to 12 inches and weighing about 2.6 to 5.5 ounces, although it is the largest of the Australian lorikeet species. Males and females are so similar that it is difficult to know which is which. This is a hardy bird, who is typically long-lived in captivity.
Life Span of A Rainbow Lorikeet
The rainbow lorikeet is popular with bird enthusiasts and makes a colorful and entertaining, if somewhat noisy, pet. The average life span of these hardy birds is 10 to 20 years, with many living longer. If you have a pet lorikeet, keep his environment clean and feed him an appropriate diet to keep him healthy.
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Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.