|A Common site - A Rainbow lorikeet in search of nectar|
|Ready for take off - Time to find more seed|
Whilst many may observe them feeding on a tray of seed left out for other species of wild bird this is not the norm. As such If one must place food out for the lorikeets to eat they should place out a specially formulated mix designed for lorikeets or even better plant nectar rich plants and trees. In hot climates or on hot days lorikeet foods are best left out for only a short time to prevent fermentation.
|Seed mixes such as this are not good for Rainbow lorikeets|
|One of the many Casuarina glauca that hosted a large flock of feeding Rainbows|
I have on rare occasions observed the odd Rainbow Lorikeet eating seed from a small number of native plants. Just the other day (20/10/2014) though I observed a large flock of the birds eating the incredibly small seeds of Casuarina glauca. This observation caused a lot of interest and as such I went back the next day to get photos. Unfortunately the photos are not particularly good but assist in showing the birds eating the seed.
|Seed pod of Casuarina glauca|
As can be seen by the photos attached to this blog post these Lorikeets will eat seed however it is not clear to me how many other species of trees they take seed from. Nor is it clear as too how much seed they consume as part of their regular diet. They are known to take the larvae of insects but this too does not seem to form a large part of their diet. So hopefully this post has been of some interest to you all.
|In search of Casuarina seed|
|One bird shown eating the seed|
|Working the seed pod to extract the seed|
|Holding the seed pod to enable easier removal of seeds|
|Another bird consuming seed|
|Just another of the flock extracting the seed.|