Lories and lorikeets
Lories and lorikeets (tribe Loriini) are small to medium-sized arboreal parrots characterized by their specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries. The species form a monophyletic group within the parrot family Psittacidae. Traditionally, they were considered a separate subfamily (Loriinae) from the other subfamily (Psittacinae) based on the specialized characteristics, but recent molecular and morphological studies show that the group is positioned in the middle of various other groups. They are widely distributed throughout the Australasian region, including south-eastern Asia, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Australia, and the majority have very brightly coloured plumage.
|Lories and lorikeets|
The usage of the terms "lory" and "lorikeet" is subjective, like the usage of "parrot" and "parakeet". Species with longer tapering tails are generally referred to as "lorikeets", while species with short blunt tails are generally referred to as "lories".
Traditionally, lories and lorikeets have either been classified as the subfamily, Loriinae, or as a family on their own, Loriidae, but they are currently classified as a tribe. Neither traditional view is confirmed by molecular studies. Those studies show that the lories and lorikeets form a single group, closely related to the budgerigar and the fig parrots (Cyclopsitta and Psittaculirostris).
Two main groups are recognized within the lories and lorikeets. The first consist of the genus Charmosyna and the closely related Pacific Ocean genera Phigys and Vini. All remaining genera, except Oreopsittacus are in the second group. The position of Oreopsittacus is unknown, although one study suggests it could be a third group next to the other two.
Classification of parrots in the subfamily, Loriinae:
- Genus Chalcopsitta
- Genus Eos
|Phylogeny of the genera of lories and lorikeets with their closest relatives, the fig parrots (Cyclopsitta and Psittaculirostris) and budgerigar, based on the available literature|
- Genus Pseudeos
- Genus Trichoglossus
- Ornate lorikeet, Trichoglossus ornatus (also called ornate lory)
- Sunset lorikeet, Trichoglossus forsteni (also called scarlet-breasted or Forsten's lorikeet)
- Leaf lorikeet, Trichoglossus weberi (also called Flores lorikeet)
- Marigold lorikeet, Trichoglossus capestratus
- Coconut lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus
- Biak lorikeet, Trichoglossus rosenbergi
- Rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus moluccanus
- Red-collared lorikeet, Trichoglossus rubritorquis
- Olive-headed lorikeet, Trichoglossus euteles (also called Perfect lorikeet)
- Citrine lorikeet, Trichoglossus flavoviridis
- Mindanao lorikeet, Trichoglossus johnstoniae (also called Johnstone's lorikeet)
- Pohnpei lorikeet, Trichoglossus rubiginosus (also called Ponape lory)
- Scaly-breasted lorikeet, Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
- Genus Psitteuteles (sometimes classified in the Genus Trichoglossus)
- Genus Lorius
- Purple-bellied lory, Lorius hypoinochrous (synonym Stresemann's lory, Lorius amabilis)
- Black-capped lory, Lorius lory
- White-naped lory, Lorius albidinuchus
- Yellow-bibbed lory, Lorius chlorocercus
- Purple-naped lory, Lorius domicellus (synonym blue-thighed lory, Lorius tibialis)
- Chattering lory, Lorius garrulus
- Genus Phigys
- Collared lory, Phigys solitarius
- Genus Vini
- Genus Glossopsitta
- Musk lorikeet, Glossopsitta concinna
- Genus Parvipsitta
- Genus Charmosyna
- Palm lorikeet, Charmosyna palmarum
- Red-chinned lorikeet, Charmosyna rubrigularis
- Meek's lorikeet, Charmosyna meeki
- Blue-fronted lorikeet, Charmosyna toxopei
- Striated lorikeet, Charmosyna multistriata
- Pygmy lorikeet, Charmosyna wilhelminae (also called Wilhelmina's lorikeet)
- Red-fronted lorikeet, Charmosyna rubronotata (also called red-spotted lorikeet)
- Red-flanked lorikeet, Charmosyna placentis
- †? New Caledonian lorikeet, Charmosyna diadema (possibly extinct, 20th Century?)
- Red-throated lorikeet, Charmosyna amabilis
- Duchess lorikeet, Charmosyna margarethae
- Fairy lorikeet, Charmosyna pulchella
- Josephine's lorikeet, Charmosyna josefinae (also called Josephine's lory)
- Papuan lorikeet, Charmosyna papou (also called Papuan lory)
- Genus Oreopsittacus
- Plum-faced lorikeet, Oreopsittacus arfaki (also called Whiskered lorikeet)
- Genus Neopsittacus
Lories and lorikeets have specialized brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar and soft fruits. They can feed from the flowers of about 5,000 species of plants and use their specialized tongues to take the nectar. The tip of their tongues have tufts of papillae (extremely fine hairs), which collect nectar and pollen.
The multi-coloured rainbow lorikeet was one of the species of parrots appearing in the first edition of The Parrots of the World and also in John Gould's lithographs of the Birds of Australia. Then and now, lories and lorikeets are described[by whom?] as some of the most beautiful species of parrot.
In the wild, rainbow lorikeets feed mainly on pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet. Many fruit orchard owners consider them a pest, as they often fly in groups and strip trees containing fresh fruit. They are also frequent visitors at bird feeders that supply lorikeet-friendly treats, such as store-bought nectar, sunflower seeds, and fruits such as apples, grapes and pears. Occasionally they have been observed feeding on meat.
The ultramarine lorikeet is endangered. It is now one of the 50 rarest birds in the world. The blue lorikeet is classified as vulnerable. The introduction of European rats to the small island habitats of these birds is a major cause of their endangerment. Various conservation efforts have been made to relocate some of these birds to locations free of predation and habitat destruction.
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