Single Beauty by D Hackett
Lories and Lorikeets
Range: Australia and the islands of the South Pacific
Habitat: Forest lowlands, mountain forests, plantations, mangroves, and islands
Parrots are known for their bright colors, and some of the most colorful members of the parrot family are lories and lorikeets. Also known as honeyeaters, the many species of this parrot group (subfamily Loriinae) can be found throughout the islands of the South Pacific and Australia.
There are differences between lories and lorikeets, especially if you compare tails. In general, lories are bigger, with tails that are short, rounded, or square. Lorikeets tend to be smaller, with longer, pointed tails. Most lories are red with patches of yellow, purple, and green; most lorikeets are green with patches of red and yellow. There are, of course, exceptions, and these birds can be found in all the colors of the rainbow.
A flurry of feathers Lories and lorikeets are strictly arboreal and can be found in fore...