Lory/keets

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There are about 120 types of lory or lorikeet if one includes the subspecies.

These birds are nearly all brightly and beautifully coloured with brilliant glossy plumage. They are smallish at mostly 20 to 30 cm and have a sharp long bill which is an adaptation to their diet of nectar, pollen and fruits. Their tongues are also adapted to this diet, having brush-like papillae (the latin name for the Rainbow lorikeet is Trichoglossus - 'hairy tongued').

White-naped Lory Rainbow Lory

In the wild they are to be found in Australasia and Indonesia. Like all parrots they are intelligent and entertaining but not really suitable as companion birds because of the complexity of their special diet - which also produces especially messy droppings.