...'cause he was keeping an eye on me, and these guys bite.
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, California.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush, and woodland areas.
The Aquarium's Lorikeet Forest is a 3,200 sq. ft. outdoor aviary. More than 100 enthusiastic lorikeets fill the trees. You can purchase a small cup of nectar, the lorikeets’ favorite food, to feed the birds as you walk through the exhibit. You will find them sitting on your hand, arm, shoulder or even your head to get a sip of sweet nectar! But again, watch out, for they will bite if you're not careful.View Awards Count