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Florlori

Small species of parrots, the descendant of lory parrots (Trichoglossus). This bird eats nectar from tubular flowers, "hanging" above them, as hummingbirds and sunbirds. Body is short, tail is wedge-shaped and rather short. Wings are long and narrow, flapping very fast (it is the example of convergence with hummingbirds). Beak is long (it is 1,5 times longer than the head of the bird), slightly bent down, by the shape approaches to pollinated bell-shaped flowers of plants of Labiatae family. Tongue is specialized to feed by nectar: on the tongue tip there is a little brush, and on the top side there passes the deep groove transforming tongue to the tube for nectar sucking. Coloring is very bright: body is green with metal shine, wings are dark blue, primary feathers are blue. Head of the bird is reddish violet; beak is rose-red, at the basis it is set off with white strip. An iris of the eye is orange. Legs are prehensile, though also short. The flower-sucking loreeto nests in tree-trunk hollows. In clutch there are 3 - 4 white eggs, laid right in wood dust at the bottom of the chosen tree-trunk hollow. Both parents hatch by turns within 20 days. Young growth feed with insects; parents gather it in craw and belch in the beak to nestling. When nestlings become fully fledged, their diet begins to include an impurity of nectar and pulp of fruits. The beak of a young bird is short, similar to beaks of the majority of parrots. After the leaving of nest (at the 3-rd month of life) the young bird eats insects and juicy fruits. At this time the change of beak shape happens, and the bird passes to vegetative forages and soon tries to eat nectar. For the first time it nests at the 3-rd year of life, lives up to 12 - 15 years.

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