Rainbow/Swainson's Lorikeet Trichoglossus (prev. haematodus) moluccanus

Rainbow Lorikeets
Swainson's Rainbow Lorikeets
There used to be several subspecies of Trichoglossus haematodus all classed as "Rainbow" Lorikeets, including the colourful T. h. moluccanus here. Since it was reclassified as a separate full species T. moluccanus, it has kept the "Rainbow" name and the others have been or are being generally allocated other common names (but are often still all called "Rainbow" species).
Rainbow Lorikeet
Swainson's Lorikeet
Previously known as Swainson's subspecies of "Rainbow" Lorikeet and also the misnomer of "Moluccan", it is one of the most numerous, the most brightly-coloured and is the one most people refer to as simply the "Rainbow Lorikeet". It is now increasingly being called just THE Rainbow Lorikeet.
Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeets
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and possibly violet.
Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeets
(Swainson's) Rainbow has a full bright blue head with red beak, a greenish-yellow collar, orange/pink and yellow breast (no dark feather edges), bright blue stomach and green thighs.
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeet
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet
It is native to eastern Australia, from the south to the far north including some coastal islands. The name Moluccan, although part of its scientific binomial, is misleading since it is not native to the Moluccas/Indonesia.
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeet in flight
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeet bathing
Rainbow Lorikeet in bath
The underwing has red and a yellow wingbar on black.
Dark Moluccan Rainbow lorikeets
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeets dark
Rainbow Lorikeet dark Sydney
There are 2-3 subspecies: the nominal Swainson's Lorikeet (T. m. moluccanus), the Northern Moluccan (T. m. septentrionalis) and, sometimes separated, the Lake Eyre Lorikeet (T. m. eyrei), but plumage does not vary much between them. However, plumage of individual birds can vary greatly, those shown above being particularly dark-headed and dark-bellied. Above right, in a Sydney suburb, looks almost like a black-bellied Sunset lorikeet.
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeets
Rainbow Lorikeet light
Moluccan Rainbow lorikeets dark
There is also little visible difference in plumage of male and female, although those with redder breasts tend to be male and those with more yellow on the breast tend to be female. Above centre has so much yellow that it looks related to the Marigold species!
There are many other ex-Rainbow subspecies, not all illustrated here.
Rainbow Lorikeet comparison
Lory/Lorikeet index