Wildlife Wednesday: Rainbow Lorikeets

Over 1000 rainbow lorikeets require treatment at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital every single year.

Dr Michael Pyne told myGC said most of the birds have suffered broken bones and/or spinal injuries when they are brought in.

“These guys fly around like lunatics and they often slam into things. They fly into windows, pool fences and into the sides of cars,” he said.


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“Lorikeets are very tough and we release almost every lorikeet that comes through our doors.”

Dr Pyne also encouraged people to not feed wild lorikeets.

“Here at the Sanctuary, we feed them a specialised diet that has been formulated for lorikeets. We certainly don’t feed them bread and honey – it’s so bad for them and causes lots of issues for wild lorikeets.”

Take a look inside the lorikeet rehabilitation aviary, and learn more about them in the video below:

For more information on the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, visit: cwhf.org.au/

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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