Vividly colored and full of energy, lories are unique among the parrot family. Know as Loriinae, this family group is usually divided into two classes of birds, lories and lorikeets.
Lories are larger, heavier-bodied birds with squared-off tails whereas lorikeets are more slender, with longer, tapering tails. Most lories are very brightly colored and have plumage and glossy feathers in rainbow hues. They are know to display great agility due to their strong feet and legs.
Status and Threats
Several species face threats that affect their populations in the wild. These threats will vary by location but may include pressures from hunting activities (for their plumage), changes in habitat (due to agriculture, logging, or other forms of alteration), capture for the pet trade (although illegal in many countries) and introduced predators (such as rats, cats and stoats).
Illustration of a lorikeet tongue
© McCormack, Gerald (2007) Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Online at http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org