Red-throated Lorikeets are extremely rare birds. These facts will have you hoping to see one the next time you’re in Fiji! Red-throated Lorikeets are a type of parrot. There is not a lot of information about these birds because it is so rare to see them.
10 Amazing Facts about Red-throated Lorikeets
1. Red-throated Lorikeets are quite flamboyant!
The Red-throated Lorikeet is mostly green with bright red legs and throat. They have a small yellow line under the red patch on their throat. The tip of their tail has a small yellow border. They are about 18 cm in length.
2. The Red-throated Lorikeet lives in Fiji!
Red-throated Lorikeets live in Fiji, specifically on the islands nearby. Some of these islands include Ovalau, Viti Levu, and Taveuni. However, it is not exactly proven that they live on these islands though.
3. Red-throated Lorikeets have rainforest habitats.
The Red-throated Lorikeet lives 120-1000 meters up in the trees of the rainforest. Though they normally live above 500 meters and stay in the canopy.
4. The Red-throated Lorikeet may migrate.
It is unknown whether or not this bird migrates or not. However, the research is leaning towards them being nomadic but only because they are searching for blossoming trees to feed on.
5. Red-throated Lorikeets are herbivores!
The Red-throated Lorikeet eats nectar and pollen from flowers. They also eat fruit from trees and bushes. Therefore, they do not eat insects so they are herbivores.
6. The Red-throated Lorikeet‘s breeding habits are unknown.
There is no information on the breeding patterns of Red-throated Lorikeets. However, it is assumed that they make nests high up in the rainforest canopies and lay their eggs up there.
7. Red-throated Lorikeets are a type of parrot.
The Red-throated Lorikeet is in fact a type of parrot. These birds look like parrots and they also sound like parrots!
8. The Red-throated Lorikeet likes to make a lot of noise!
Red-throated Lorikeets are known to make short, high-pitched shrills while they are eating or flying.
9. Red-throated Lorikeets are critically endangered.
The Red-throated Lorikeet is a restricted-range species. They were first seen in Ovalau in 1875, but they have always been rare.
10. There have only been 7 reported sightings of the Red-throated Lorikeet!
Since the 19th century, these birds have only been sighted on Viti Levu. When they are spotted, they are seen in flocks of around 6 birds. The last two observations were in 1993 and 2002. There is probably a population of 50 birds left. They were listed as “critically endangered” in 1994 and they have only been increasingly endangered since then.
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