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Rainbow lorikeet nestbox

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Rainbow lorikeets will readily take to nestboxes. However acceptance can be patchy.

At the end of the 1996/97 breeding season we surveyed 37 lorikeet boxes to determine the factors that influenced usage. The one factor that had an overwhelming bearing was proximity to an existing parrot breeding site. Boxes within 50m of an existing breeding site had an 80% take-up in the first year, dropping to 25% for those boxes greater than 50m away.

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Lorikeet boxes therefore tend to be more successful if positioned in clusters, preferably sited near old gums with hollows.

They will use a larger box and also a box with a larger entrance, but seem to prefer the smaller box. This does seem strange since many pairs will spend most nights of the year in the box, whether or not they are breeding.

Rainbow lorikeets compete with other parrots, particularly with rosellas, for nest sites. They are a very aggressive bird and invariably win.

Since they are probably the most common parrot across much of their range, some discretion should be used in encouraging them.

It would probably be inappropriate, for example, to place clusters of nestboxes in an area which is the stronghold of rosellas, as this will tend to encourage lorikeets at the expense of the rosellas.

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The sketch shows the dimensions which we have found most suitable for rainbow lorikeets. Larger dimensions have also been found to be satisfactory.

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