By Matt Watson
The behaviour of a population of rainbow lorikeets who frequent a backyard feeding station on a property north of Brisbane has left bird experts baffled.
The lorikeets are eating meat and Griffith University's Professor Darryl Jones is shocked.
Professor Jones, who is researching the impact of backyard feeding on bird populations, said lorikeets usually eat nectar and pollen which they obtain from native plants and shrubs.
"I have researched what birds feed on all around the world," Professor Jones said.
"I'm up to date with all the kinds of crazy things that birds are eating all over Australia.
"To see a lorikeet eating meat astonishes me completely. I have never heard of such a thing before."
For years, Bill, who owns the Elimbah property, has put out pets mince for magpies, currawongs and kookaburras.
He also puts out seed for vegetarian birds like galahs, king parrots and the lorikeets.
He feeds about a dozen birds each day and knows they are spoilt for choice when it comes to food.