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Once again our lorikeets have welcomed some tiny new arrivals!

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We’re delighted to announce that two rainbow lorikeet chicks hatched mid-December and have continued to grow healthy and strong over the festive period with both of them successfully being reared by their parents within our Australian Rainbows aviary.

Unlike their name suggests all rainbow lorikeet chicks start life with fluffy grey feathers before they gradually gain the bright colours these birds are known for!

Once the two new arrivals have grown in size they can be mixed with the rest of the group and learn the stages of adult life including how to eat the nectar that these birds love so much!

At 25-30cm in length this species of parrot are medium in size but can be extremely noisy! They communicate using loud squawks in a constant chatter as you may have heard in our own walkthrough aviary.

Don’t forget to stop by Australian Rainbows on your next visit and hand feed our birds a pot of nectar*, their favourite treat and see if you can spot our youngsters!

Did you know?! 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.

*Nectar is available to purchase for £1per pot. 


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