Touch of the tropics from rare birds
A West Cornwall animal sanctuary has given visitors their glimpse of a new arrival.
Paradise Park has a pair of Mitchell's Lorikeets on display and the female has just laid her first egg.
The birds, which hail from a more tropical climate, have been at the park in Hayle for some time but have been acclimatising to their new environment.
Director Alison Hales said she thought they would become a popular attraction.
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"We have had them for a little while but they have been in an off-show aviary.
"Mitchell's Lorikeet is a rare sub-species of one of the Rainbow Lorikeets, and the World Parrot Trust based at Paradise Park has funded some conservation work for them in the wild."
As a family, the Rainbow Lorikeet is native to hundreds of islands through Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia and much of northern and eastern Australia.
It is a hyper-variable species with some 20 recognised subspecies – more than any other parrot.
The Mitchell's Lorikeet newly installed at Hayle is a member of the most westerly distributed of the entire lorikeet family.
It was historically found only on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali. In recent decades, capture for the pet trade has eliminated all these birds from the popular tourist island of Bali, and has left populations on Lombok very low.