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Lories and lorikeets are also known as "brush-tongued" birds.
Races including nominate:
|27cm (10.5 in)
||110g (3.8 oz)
three: E.s. squamata, E.s. riciniata, E.s. obiensis
Colourization Adult: E.s. squamata:
both adults purple/blue wide band around neck, varying in width individually; abdomen to undertail coverts dark purple; scapulars soft purple tipped in black; greater wing coverts and flight feathers red with wide black tips; underwing coverts and undersides of flight feathers red, with black tips on primaries; tail purple/red. Bill orange/brown. Eye orange.
both adults very visible purple/grey neck band extending up to hindcrown with red nape; scapulars red; throat to upper breast purple/grey, with red border on lower breast.
both adults as in riciniata,
but scapulars black, not red; varying purple/grey neck band; throat to upper abdomen red in colour.
As in adults but feathers of underparts lined with dusky mauve/black. Eye brown.
Loud screeches and shrill notes made while in flight. Short, high-pitched squeals, screeches and whistles, some faint, others loud, made while feeding.
Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results
Lory Link http://www.kcbbs.gen.nz/lori/ar/lories.html
Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E006.htm&Pic=006_1.JPG
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1340&m=0
Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low 1986.