Lorius head, showing extended tongue with brush tip
Both lories and lorikeets (members of the parrot family) have specialized tongues with extended papillae for feeding on nectar and pollen. They also eat soft fruits.
Lorius spp. are brightly colored and are native to the Australasian region. In captivity, they have a tendency to be extremely loud and active, as well as needing a specialized nectar-replacement diet to suit their systems. Unfortunately, many species of lory/lorikeet are still captured in the wild and sold as exotic pets. There are now only 50 known ultramarine lorikeets left in the wild, and many other species are endangered or threatened.
The Structure and Classification of Birds. Frank E. Beddard, 1898.

Lorius head, showing extended tongue with brush tip

Both lories and lorikeets (members of the parrot family) have specialized tongues with extended papillae for feeding on nectar and pollen. They also eat soft fruits.

Lorius spp. are brightly colored and are native to the Australasian region. In captivity, they have a tendency to be extremely loud and active, as well as needing a specialized nectar-replacement diet to suit their systems. Unfortunately, many species of lory/lorikeet are still captured in the wild and sold as exotic pets. There are now only 50 known ultramarine lorikeets left in the wild, and many other species are endangered or threatened.

The Structure and Classification of Birds. Frank E. Beddard, 1898.

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