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Musk Lorikeet

The Musk Lorikeet is always a welcome visitor because of its spectacular colours and amazing antics in trees. Feeding on both the nectar in flowering gums and your local fruit tree, there is always chatter when these birds are active.  They tend to fly in groups numbering several of them and descend on a particular tree.  For all their colouring, just like Eastern Rosellas, they can be difficult to spot.

Wikipedia Description

Distribution and habitat

Musk lorikeets are found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.[6] They are an uncommon nomad in woodlands and drier forests in south-east mainland, mainly west of Great Dividing Range, and in Tasmania. Musk lorikeets have been sighted and are recent common visitors to fruit trees in the Punchbowl Area, near Launceston, Northern Tasmania. Favourite foods seem to include apricots, apples, bottlebrush flowers & nectar, as well as seeds and nectar from Grevillea spp.

Urban influence

Musk lorikeets are one of the few animals with the plasticity to survive and thrive in rapid urbanization. Over the past 30 years, flocks of musk lorikeets have been adopting Australia’s cities, such as Melbourne and Sydney.

The partial reason for musk lorikeets’ move to, and success in, urban areas is the planting of various nectar-producing plants throughout the city. They have evolved to consume nectar as a part of their major food source and can be found foraging in the blooming canopies of eucalyptus forests.

Unlike their natural habitat, the city plants are regularly maintained and so they have become a more reliable food source. Because the nectar plants tend to be most dense in the outer urban areas, most of the population prefers the outer urban areas, which allows for more feeding and roosting opportunities, rather than the inner ones. Although, there have been sightings of these lorikeets in the inner city regions but in reduced numbers; most likely from reduced vegetation.

Breeding

The musk lorikeet breeds mainly from August to January. They build their nest in a hollow limb high in a tree. They lay two white 24 mm × 20 mm (0.94 in × 0.79 in) eggs and incubate them for 22 days by the female. The young fledge after 5 to 6 weeks.

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