Rainbow Lorikeets are native to Australia and eastern Indonesia. There are many subspecies of these small, colorful parrots. The best-known is probably the Swainson's Rainbow Lorikeet, which is native to eastern Australia and Tasmania.
Rainbow Lorikeets have unique brush-like tongues that are adapted for extracting nectar and pollen from flowers. They are popular in bird feeding exhibits in zoos, where visitors can purchase small cups of nectar for feeding the birds. In the wild, Rainbow Lorikeets live on nectar and pollen from flowers, fruits and occasional grains. They are sometimes considered agricultural pests in their native lands, as they can cause significant damage to fruit crops.