Two black-capped lories on a rock
Flights of Fancy

Lories and Lorikeets


Lories and lorikeets are small parrots from Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia that all have one nifty adaptation: a brush-like tongue that’s terrific at lapping up nectar, one of their favorite foods! They also have a curved beak that helps them crack open nuts and seeds or pick up insects. Lories are slightly larger than lorikeets but have shorter tails. The many species in this group of birds come in different vibrant color combinations.

Lories and lorikeets live in large groups in trees. Some are active during the day, others at night. They use loud vocalizations to communicate with another as a group while they look for food or roost. Mating pairs make nests in tree cavities, where a female will lay a few eggs and incubate them. Both parents care for the young for about 2 months. Like other parrots, these birds are long-lived—up to 25 years or more in human care.

About 12 inches long and 6 ounces in weight, depending on the species
Live in
Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia
Nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, insects
IUCN Red List Status
Least Concern to Endangered, depending on the species
Lorikeet face


Parrots are popular pets. But some are endangered in the wild due to habitat loss and illegal pet trading. Do your research before adopting a parrot as a pet and make sure it not one of the species that are endangered in the wild.