See The “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, A Rare Type Of Bird In Rainbow Colors

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Imagine that you’re sipping your favorite morning drink in your backyard, and you saw a bird in rainbow colors perching on the tree. This site may give you goosebumps and butterflies in your stomach at the same time. The same happened with a woman in New South Wales, Australia. She discovered a rainbow-colored bird in her backyard and shared those beautiful captures with us. 

This bird was the “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, spotted by the woman in her backyard. The dazzling yellow patches on plumes, green-shaded back, and blue or multicolored heads with bright red bills make their presence jazzy.

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The woman said that she noticed a variety of Rainbow lorikeets in her backyard, some of them had plain blue heads while others with red specks on their head, and some had bright green plumage while others had yellow plumage with green-shaded patches. Further, she reported that genetic mutation may result in their different colors.

The various colors in the birds are due to Leucism, which means a partial loss of pigmentation that results in distinct colors of skin, hairs, feathers, etc. 

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See The “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, A Rare Type Of Bird In Rainbow Colors

The photographs of the “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet astonished the users of social media and got a thousand shares after being uploaded to the Australian Native Birds Facebook Group. Let’s have a look at their wonderful clicks and the cause of their various colors.

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How beautiful is the Rainbow Lorikeet bird?

A variety of Rainbow Lorikeet is captured, mingling with her mates in the backyard of the woman.

The standard Rainbow Lorikeet does not have yellow patches on plumage and red specks on its head.

The nominated race with all subspecies of Rainbow Lorikeet is very bright and colorful. They have bright blue heads with a greenish-yellow nuchal collar. Most of the upper parts-wings, backs, and tails are vibrant green with an orange-yellow upper chest. They have a bright blue belly and the thighs and rump are green.

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See The “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, A Rare Type Of Bird In Rainbow Colors

Rainbow Lorikeet is a species of parrot found in Australia.

Adults have bright orange beaks, while juveniles have black ones.

See The “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, A Rare Type Of Bird In Rainbow Colors

They are common along the Eastern Seaboard, from Northern Queensland to South Australia.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus Moluccanus) has also been introduced to Perth, Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Auckland, and Hong Kong.

They feed mainly on fruit, pollen, and nectar, and are frequent visitors at bird feeders placed in gardens.

The end of their tongue is adapted to gather pollen and nectar from flowers. The Rainbow Lorikeet also eats a variety of fruits and crops such as maize and sorghum.

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See The “Mutant” Rainbow Lorikeet, A Rare Type Of Bird In Rainbow Colors

Breeding usually occurs from late winter to early summer, and also varies from region to region due to changes in food availability or climate.

You might be fortunate to see this stunning mutant of standard Rainbow Lorikeet in person. Maybe you caught them in your garden at the birdfeeder, mingling with their mates. If you want to hand-feed them, then you have to fill the feeder with their most loving food, such as sunflower seeds, apples, grapes, and pears. 

Happy to know that they are considered to be of the Least concern by BirdLife International. 

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Hope! You enjoyed reading this article about Rainbow Lorikeet. Share this article with your family and friends to see the pictures of ‘Mutant’ and standard Rainbow Lorikeet.

 

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