Birds turn­ing into rain­bows af­ter storm

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THESE three baby birds are slowly turn­ing into rain­bows af­ter the re­cent storms.

Rain­bow lori­keet or­phans Slim, Chance and Lau­rence are swap­ping their grey first feath­ers for the bright-coloured plumage that give the species their name, be­ing hand raised by WILVOS carer Donna Bren­nan on the Sun­shine Coast af­ter sur­viv­ing the re­cent wild weather.

The colours start with the strik­ing blue head feath­ers, Donna said.

While wildlife res­cuers try to han­dle their charges as lit­tle as pos­si­ble so they don’t be­come at­tached to hu­mans, Donna said past rain­bow lori­keet car­ers were still re­ceiv­ing vis­its from their for­mer pa­tients.

“They go into the wild flocks very eas­ily,” Donna said, with this fluff ball ex­pected to be re­leased in two to three months.

“But they do some­times come back with their fam­i­lies.

“It is nice to know they will come back and say hello be­fore fly­ing back off when the flock moves on.”

Any­one who finds an in­jured or or­phaned an­i­mal can phone the WILVOS 24-hour hot­line on 5441 6200 or visit

Photo: Lachie Mil­lard

RE­COV­ERY: Eight-week-old Rain­bow Lori­keets Slim, Chance and Lau­rence are on track for a full re­cov­ery af­ter they were found on the ground and dis­placed from their nest and mother af­ter a wild storm.

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