One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bird of the lory family, found chiefly in New Guinea.
Charmosyna and other genera, family Loridae (or Psittacidae): several species
- ‘Wild lories and lorikeets spend their days climbing, hopping and hanging upside down while feeding from flowers.’
- ‘This lorikeet is mostly green, with a yellow patch at the side of the breast.’
- ‘On a leafless European tree, not more than ten yards from my window, are sitting upwards of thirty lorikeets.’
- ‘The introduction of exotic diseases and trapping for the pet bird trade are also responsible for the declining numbers of lorikeets in the wild.’
- ‘Active fast flying lorikeets and big birds such as cockatoos and macaws should be in a large flight aviary.’
- 1.1Australian A lory.
- ‘Rainbow lorikeets bathed by, fluttering among wet bottlebrush leaves, and continued idly stripping off leaves and twigs long after sunset.’
- ‘The colour combination of pale bill, dusky red tail, red on face and red under wings distinguishes the parrot from lorikeets.’
- ‘However our parrots, such as lorikeets and rosellas, need weather proof nesting boxes for natural hollow logs fixed a minimum of 3 meters from the ground.’
- ‘City visitors delighted at seeing lorikeets and possums in Brisbane gardens and other cities envied Brisbane's title of the world's most biodiverse city, he says.’
- ‘Rainbow lorikeets were introduced probably through aviary release.’
Late 18th century: diminutive of lory, on the pattern of parakeet.
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