Sunday, June 15, 2008

Uyaana and the Lorikeets

While we were in Portland, we visited the Oregon Zoo. There is a really neat exhibit there called Lorikeet Landing which is a walk-through, open-air aviary.

Lorikeets are a small to medium-sized parrot located throughout south-eastern Asia, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. They feed on nectar and soft fruits.

Visitors to the exhibit are able to purchase small paper cups of nectar and the birds will fly down and drink the nectar out of the cups.

They are very noisy and curious and they are not afraid of people. The Lorries will often land on you to drink out of your cup.

Uyaana had a great time feeding the birds.

If you would like to see pictures of Lorikeets in the wild along with other types of parrots, be sure to visit Alaska Dave Down Under


Ishmael said...

I'm sorry, those are some evil looking birds. That last one especially looks like he's not that far removed from dinosaurs.

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

Hey, nice pics! The lories down here don't let me get that close. Yes, they can be noisy buggers. Did they ever trill while they were eating? Sorta like a cross between a purr and a coo.

Ish: At least they aren't destructive little beasties like the cockatoos!

BNS said...

They're beautiful. I love places that have those walk-through aviaries - photographer's dream!