Rainbow Lorikeet Mosaic

Designed and Made: By students of the Spotswood Primary School.

Bird Facts: This is the largest, brightest and noisiest of the Lorikeets; they feed in chattering, squabbling groups in the tops of blossom-laden trees. They have hairy tongues to collect nectar from blossom. They nest in tree holes so they can only use old trees for their homes.

Surrounding Species: Hedge Wattle (Acacia paradoxa), Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii) and Greybox (Eucalyptus microcarpa).

Point of Interest: Virtuality all land between here and South Australia was formed in volcanic eruptions four and a half million years ago. Eruptions occurred as recently as four thousand years ago. The lava cooled to form a dense rock called Basalt, what we call Bluestone. Over this a thin, clay soil slowly accumulated. For thousands of years this area was flat, grassland scattered with bluestone. These were Bunjil or Eagle Clan lands, the park was the site of an ancient hill used by the local tribes. You might find shells scattered indicating a higher sea level than today or middens left from foraging for food.

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