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How to Attract Lorikeets to Your Garden

One of the best ways to attract lorikeets to your garden is to fill it with the plants that they love. Lorikeets are nectar eaters but I’ve also seen them happily feasting on fruits.

Who doesn’t love to watch the antics of chirpy lorikeets in the garden?

Where I live, I’m fortunate to have lots of lorikeets visiting my garden as well as king parrots and wattle birds.

I’ve even had visits from black cockatoos who were happy to munch on the seeds of my hakea.

If you want to also enjoy this birdlife in your garden, here’s how to attract lorikeets to your own sanctuary.

Fill your garden with natives

One of the best ways to attract lorikeets to your garden is to fill it with the plants that they love. Lorikeets are nectar eaters but I’ve also seen them happily feasting on fruits.

Lorikeet in tree 1 | Wildlife

Think about growing a variety of different native flowering shrubs and trees like grevilleas, Callistemon, melaleucas, correas, eucalypts and banksias.

If you choose your plants carefully, you can plan it so that there’s always something flowering in your garden all year round.

Lorikeet eating bottlebrush | Wildlife

Also, consider plants that have berries such as lilly pillies. And, if you’re growing fruit trees such as pears, plums, nectarines, apples, peaches, cherries and figs, be prepared to share the harvest with the local lorikeet population.

Lorikeets will also hone in on your strawberry patch and your grape vines.

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Provide the lorikeets with water

Another thing that will attract native birds such as lorikeets to your garden is a good water source.

Lorikeet drinking | Wildlife

Consider installing a bird bath in your garden. You can even go all out and put one in the front yard and one in the back.

Ensure that you refill this constantly and keep the water nice and clean.

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Install a feeding table and fill it with fresh fruits

There are times through the year when your fruit trees will be bare and the flowers may not be plentiful.

At times like these, you can help the local lorikeet population by installing a feeding table and filling it with fresh fruits that you’ve purchased at a local farmer’s market.

There are plenty of fruits that lorikeets will happily devour. These include apples, grapes, pawpaw, melons, bananas, lychees, mangoes and all types of stone fruits. 

Lorikeets eating | Wildlife

Even orange-coloured vegetables such as pumpkin, carrots and sweet potatoes can be offered to the lorikeets. Just make sure you cut these up to make it easier for the birds.

However, it’s recommended that you don’t put out food every day for the birds as this will stop them from foraging on their own.

Also, ensure that you keep the feeding area nice and clean and toss any excess fruit into the compost before it has a chance to rot.

Avoid feeding unnatural foods such as breads as these are not good for the birds. Lorikeets should also not be given seeds as, unlike larger parrots, their beaks aren’t designed for hard foods.

Also, avoid giving the birds sugar water or honey as this can make them sick. Plus, it will stop them from searching out other, more healthy foods.

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Don’t remove older trees that may have nesting hollows

Lorikeets commonly nest in the hollows of old trees. Therefore, if you want to keep them around and watch their babies grow up, avoid removing older trees that may have suitable nesting hollows.

Lorikeet in tree | Wildlife

If you don’t have any old trees in your garden that may have suitable hollows, consider investing in a nesting box or two. You can usually purchase these at markets or check out the local men’s shed in your area.

Hang the nesting box high up in a tall tree and you might be lucky to find a pair of lorikeets taking up residence.

Lorikeets 1 | Wildlife

FAQ

What is a rainbow lorikeet’s favourite tree?

For nesting and roosting, rainbow lorikeets prefer tall native trees such as eucalypts, paperbarks and tea trees. For feeding, rainbow lorikeets are particularly fond of grevilleas.

Where do lorikeets sleep at night?

At night, lorikeets will sleep deep within the branches of tall gum trees or other similar trees that offer protection from predators such as owls.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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