Rainbow Lorikeet, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Australia is home to over 30 species of parrots, more than any other country. One of these is the
appropriately named Rainbow Lorikeet. These medium-sized parrots are commonly seen (and heard)
throughout northern, eastern, and southeastern coastal areas of Australia. This lorikeet is using
its bill and brush-tipped tongue to collect pollen which is a major portion of its diet. As
illustrated here, lorikeets can be acrobatic feeders with grasping toes and sturdy bill. They also
use this technique to extract pollen and nectar from flowers.