Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
Rainbow Lorikeet

Image by Richard Riley Copyright 2015

Bursts of vibrant colour, these gloriously coloured birds are a delight to watch as they screech and chatter, hanging off branches and eating nectar.  Rainbow Lorikeets (and all lorikeets) have a brush-like tongue especially adapted for extracting the sweet things in life!

Social, nomadic birds, they often fly in large flocks, settling in the twilight hours in a favoured place with fruiting or flowering trees. The sheer size of some flocks, their excited chatter and noise may, be so loud it is almost deafening. Also, scaly-breasted lorikeets may occasionally be seen in their company, equally as noisy and entertaining. (In fact, there are several species of lorikeets.)

In a Dreaming from the Bilbumin people of Western Australia, Meeyla the Rainbow Lorikeet (or perhaps the Crimson-winged Parrot, a similar bird) was once a disabled girl who was teased by the other children.  One day, upset at the taunts, she confides to her father her dream of being a beautiful bird, able to fly free.  Her father consults with the elders, and they consult with the Great Spirit.  As the sun rose, the elders stood in a circle around her and with the power of the Great Spirit; she was transformed into a brightly coloured parrot.[1]

A Rainbow Lorikeet may literally drop into your life – drunk from the alcoholic content in nectar, which has fermented in the sun! If you encounter a bird ‘over the limit,’ are you overdoing the ‘giddy with pleasure’ and ‘high on life’ theme? Or maybe it’s time to ‘hang loose!’ These intoxicated birds are vulnerable to predators, so it may be wise to practise some caution – enjoy, but do not lose your equilibrium and ‘go over the limit’! If a bird has fallen from a tree, your sense of balance is especially sensitive in the issues you are most excited about – savour the pleasure but don’t become too carried away you lose your direction, fall off a branch or invite a hangover!

If a gorgeous Rainbow Lorikeet graces you with her presence, remember her ability to overcome disability and find creative solutions to her dilemma. These birds often hang upside-down to eat, or while climbing – so a different perspective is very possible with any lorikeet. Humour is a gift too!

These birds may emphasise perceived disabilities in your life and things may seem really unfair or limiting. Yet, as for the Rainbow Lorikeet, there are options, and a chance to create something radically new and exciting.

Rainbow Lorikeets at dawn, or anytime, are a powerful affirmation of transformation and the transcendence of negativity, of crossing boundaries, and venturing into the unknown.  These glorious birds are a beautiful symbol any time you encounter them!

I wrote a blog post about my experience with Rainbow Lorikeets the day my son took his life. HERE


[1]               Bennell, E. & Thomas, A.  “Aboriginal Legends from the Bilbulum  Tribe.”

Native Symbols - Rainbow Lorikeet



Comments 6

  1. Diane

    I saw my son , I was visiting the hospital for the birth of my granddaughter. I haven’t seen him fior 31/2?years. There are 2 rainbow lorikeets that keep visiting me. What are they telling me .

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  3. Katherine

    I have these rainbow lorikets that come to me every morning and every afternoon. One in perticular comes and rests on my shoulder all the time and others have followed considering they are wild birds. I’m not sure as to why they have done this out of the blue. I had a pet dog for just over 14yrs and UNFORTUNATLY had to put her to sleep suddenly and these birds came straight after, dissapeared for months and now have returned 6months later friendlier than ever.

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      Hi Katherine,

      Sorry for the late reply! What wonderful experiences and signs! I think it’s connected with your dog going! I had my own experience after the loss of my son with rainbow lorikeets. ( http://mother-of-ashes.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/the-first-day.html ) Maybe they are especially sensitive to spirit and the energetic cords between spirit and earth in grief? They carry such a beautiful Dreaming of transformation it does seem they bring joy in loss. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your pet / companion x

  4. Candice

    I have been seeing a repeating amount of diseased Rainbow Lorikeet bodies.
    I am wondering what kind of symbolism this could have in my life?
    I have a few ideas, however, I would like a little more light from another perspective. 🙂
    Thank you.

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      Hi Candice, my guess it’s an area you need to bring more health and healing into as a part of your life! Or perhaps you have some physical limitations that prevent you “being free” that are a key in however you lack joy in your life. Like the girl broke free in the Dreaming, diseased lorikeets kind of show she is carrying patterns over that still limit her; maybe it’s a core message to go deeper in self-introspection and exploration?

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