It’s always interesting to observe how our resident box-ironbark birds exploit different resources through the seasons. Musk Lorikeets are a case in point. Like our other local lorikeets, the Little and Purple-crowned (Rainbow Lorikeets at this stage are rarely seen in Newstead), ‘muskies’ feed largely on nectar and pollen from eucalypt flowers. Their predominant food trees are Grey Box in the autumn, Yellow Gum over winter and into spring and then River Red Gum throughout the summer. At this time they also take large quantities of lerp from the red gum leaves. When they are preoccupied with feeding you can often approach to close range and observe these beautiful, medium-sized parrots. River Red Gums also provide hollow nest sites for the species.
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