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Enjoy a tropical journey through this exotic aviary of lorikeets, with the chance to get up close with these colourful birds, whilst feeding them a pot of golden nectar*.

Open daily from 10.30am, please check closing times on the day of your visit.

Please note the following points before visiting the Australian Rainbows exhibit at Colchester Zoo:

We are pleased to provide this interactive exhibit for visitors. In order for it to be enjoyed safely there a few do’s and don’ts that must be considered.

Do

  • Take pictures
  • Put your arm out and let the birds rest on you
  • Recycle your nectar pot in the bins supplied

Don’t

  • Consume the nectar – this contains the allergen MILK
  • Take food or drink into the exhibit
  • Take pushchairs into the exhibit
  • Touch or grab the birds.

*A small charge applies if you wish to feed the birds.

Feeding times may vary as the lorikeets are given a quota of nectar each day therefore we cannot guarantee times of when they will be feeding.

The birds in this enclosure are FREE-FLYING – Please be vigilant when visiting with young children as these birds can scratch or peck.


Australian Rainbows was officially opened on the 24th July 2014 during a private event by the mayor of Colchester. The mayor, mayoress and a number of guests were then invited to take a tour of the tropical walkthrough and its facilities before getting the chance to feed these colourful birds a treat of nectar.

Work to transform the Wild About Animals Theatre into the aviary began in January 2014. The theatre stage and seating were removed and the roof replaced to give the correct ‘tropical rainforest’ atmosphere. Inside, the rock work for the waterfall and large pond were added, complete with water for the rainbow fish which also inhabit the enclosure.


Animals in Australian Rainbows

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
Birds

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)

Australian Rainbows

Area:
Australia
Status:
Least concern
Quick Fact:

The Rainbow lorikeet mostly forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects.

They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks.


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