Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga


Image — Rainbow Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
Taken in Kooringal, Wagga Wagga, October 20, 2009.

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Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
Taken in Batehaven, NSW, June 23, 2008.

It should be pointed out that Wagga’s population of Rainbow Lorikeets is most likely made up entirely of aviary escapees and their offspring. The species naturally occurs much further east, where they are generally extremely common. According to the Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT (Taylor and Day, 2006), the Rainbow Lorikeet is only very rarely seen in Canberra, and all sightings are assumed to be of cage birds. This would seem to suggest that individuals of this species rarely move very far inland. Nevertheless, they seem to have established a substantial, viable population in the Wagga Wagga urban area.

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