These lorikeets feed on the enormous native banksia flowers. The coastal or “old man” banksia is a gnarled tree full of character and its flowers stay attached long after they have bloomed. The spent flowers sometimes resemble the faces of old men and have been used in children’s stories, most notably “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie”. The colourful lorikeets often eat in pairs and are not concerned by the presence of humans or other birds. The birds are at their noisiest when feeding just before sunrise and just before dusk.