Rainbow lorikeet: management

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Who manages lorikeets?

The legal status of the rainbow lorikeet means that government, private landholders, fruit growers and the community all have a role to play in the management of the bird.

DPIRD and DBCA assist commercial fruit producers in their local management of rainbow lorikeets by raising awarness, providing advice and management options in affected areas. 

White car with lorikeet droppings covering the bonnet.
Damage to a car caused by lorikeet droppings.

Managing the impacts of rainbow lorikeets at a local level is difficult and expensive. There is no simple solution unless anti-bird netting is used. Using a number of techniques in conjunction with neighbours is likely to be more effective than relying on any one technique at a single location. An example would be the shooting of some birds combined with using a variety of scaring devices.

It is important to note that, unlike other parrots, lorikeets can travel widely in search of food, so some of the management options used for other parrots may not be as effective.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080