Nature questions | Hollows a safe haven for birds

SAFE: Birds seek out hollows with small openings.

SAFE: Birds seek out hollows with small openings.

We have spotted this rainbow lorikeet around the lake lately and today I managed to get a photo of it. The hole is barely big enough for it to get in and out. Is this usual behaviour for this species? D.B., via email.

Most birds nesting in hollows prefer the smallest entrance hole they can squeeze through. This protects them from predators and other creatures.

Rainbow lorikeets incubate their eggs for 26 days, then the youngsters remain in the nest for another three or four weeks, until they can fly, requiring a safe nest-hole for seven or eight weeks.

Holes and hollows are at a premium at Lake Wendouree, with many species vying for them, including long-billed corella, galah, eastern and crimson rosellas, rainbow lorikeet, sacred kingfisher and starling.

  • Send questions and photos to Roger Thomas at The Courier, PO Box 21, Ballarat, 3353, or email to rthomas@vic.australis.com.au