September 21st, 2018

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, or Green & Gold Lorikeet; is an unsuspecting master of disguise. You can definitely hear the bird but it is very difficult to find. The colouration on the feathers is identical to the tropical foliage, and the red coral like beak is almost the same as the tropical red fruits on the exotic trees. It took considerable time today to find my subject.

These lorikeets can be found east of the great dividing range. The usually reside in Northern Queensland, with populations found as far south as Northern New South Wales. Like all lorikeets they make a very noisy metallic sounding call, and have a questionable diet of high sugar content fruits and nectar. They have also been known to raid crops such as wheat and maise eating the unripened milky seeding tips of plant and damaging the crop as a result. One can only contemplate the sugar hit from those events, as the birds must go mental afterwards!

More recently these birds have also become pets for owners who don't mind the noise. The birds can become aggressive and require training, and routine in order to keep them domesticated. Making for a fun and very active pet.