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Hi everyone,

Since our last post we have had 6 new members join our project. We would like to welcome @scot22 , @aylansmith , @cherishnature13 , @vanessagrace , @ethan241 , @dfoote to our team of citizen scientists. We look forward to seeing your observations!

From our last post, member @suwoods made us aware of an interesting observation she made:

"...What has been interesting is the Flamboyants. There are lots in Indooroopilly and nearby suburbs like Kenmore. These trees are not in flower but the lorikeets are spending hours in them. They seem to be running their beaks down the leaf fronds so I wonder if there is some kind of insect or parasite that they are eating..."

This week we would like to hear from the rest of our citizen scientists, the floor is open to you to:

  • Let us know about other interesting observations like suwoods and the flamboyants
  • Let us know about what you would like to see and hear about, from us
  • Ask questions about the project

Let us know by leaving a comment on this post, we look forward to hearing from you!

Stay safe and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

Posted by lozb97 lozb97, April 04, 2022 00:36


First time user - attempted to post but not sure if it worked. I saw about 4 or 5 lorikeets on a Poinciana Flamboyant in Oxley. They spent close to 30 minutes on the tree, running along the leaves and upturning them, and roughing up the fronds. I couldn't see what, if anything they were eating, but I have seen the local magpies and butcher birds hunt dozens of green caterpillars from the same tree. If my post wasn't added to the group, you should see the post on my account with photos attached of the lorikeets, and some roughed up fronds near the bottom of the image.

Posted by kobeabe 4 months ago (Flag)

Thank-you for you comment @kobeabe I have been able to find your observation, thanks so much for wanting to add it to the project and welcome aboard to iNaturalist! I believe it hasn't quite managed to make it onto the project. If you go into your observation on the lower right hand side of the page there is a heading that says 'Project' from here you should be able to type in 'Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project' into the 'Add to a project' section. Let me know if you have any trouble. Very interesting observation about the Flamboyant, we have been getting a few observations of Rainbow Lorikeets and Flamboyants in the last couple of weeks.

Posted by lozb97 4 months ago (Flag)

Greetings! I found a very sick Lorikeet under a blooming African Tulip tree. The whole street is lined with African Tulips and only one native tree in the surrounding 2km area. Every evening these African Tulips are covered by Lorikeets roosting. I had recently learned that these trees were toxic to Australian native bees, so thought if they are toxic to other pollen eaters, then perhaps this is what is poisoning the Lorikeets. Unfortunately, someone else picked up the Lorikeet, so I am unsure if it went to a vet to be tested. I have found a few Lorikeets grounded in Coffs Harbour so am keen to observe any connection. I have started a project called "Lorikeets and African Tulips" after consulting with WIRES NSW and a Taronga Zoo scientist.

Posted by vanessagrace 4 months ago (Flag)

Hi @vanessagrace and thank you for reaching out to us. This is very interesting information, especially that they use the African tulip to roost. African Tulip is definitely on our list, if its at all possible, would you mind taking a photo when you see lorikeets feeding from the trees and add it to the project.

Posted by lozb97 4 months ago (Flag)

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