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.


“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/