Rainbow LorikeetScientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus

Meaning of name: Trichoglossus is from the Greek words trichos, meaning hair, and glossa, meaning tongue. The meaning of haematodus is not known.

Distribution: Found naturally in the north and east coastal areas, south to Adelaide. Introduced to Perth.

Description: Up to 30cm long with a 46cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 86km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in June 1999, 20 years 6.8 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/science/abbbs/abbbs-search.html