What is Duchess lorikeet

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Duchess Lorikeet

The duchess lorikeet (Charmosynoides margarethae) is a species of parrot in the family Psittaculidae. It mainly feeds on pollen, nectar and fruit, the beak is longer than that of ordinary parrots, and the more special thing is that there are brush-like hairs on the elongated tongue, called a brush-like tongue, which makes it easier for the parrot to get food deep into the flowers. The internal structure of the body is also very special. There is a special digestive enzyme in their body to break down food.

What does Duchess lorikeet look like

The duchess lorikeet is 20 cm (8 in) in length, and weighs 40–60 g (1.4–2.1 oz). This parrot is red with green wings and inner tail feathers; olive green on the lower back and above the tail coverts The neck and the back of the head are bluish-purple; there is a wide circle of yellow feathers on the chest, the outermost circle has a black-purple edge; the upper part of the tail is red, with a wide yellow tip, dark red inside, and the tip With light olive yellow. Beak orange, iris orange. The female bird has yellow feathers on both sides of the tail. The yellow breast feathers of juveniles are irregular and lack a purple-black edge.

Duchess lorikeet living habit

Duchess Lorikeets mainly inhabit rainforest areas and cloud-filled forest areas, mountainous areas on the island, mountain forests as high as 1350 meters, and in Bougainville (Bougainville), they will also go to lowland forest areas; coconut gardens, Gardens and areas of tall secondary vegetation are also areas of activity. They usually move in pairs or in small groups of 5 to 10, and sometimes gather a large number to forage on the tree tops with blooming flowers; they are quite lively and active by nature, and will not stay in the same place for a long time; In the forest, they will use their beaks to help them climb around flexibly, preferring to move around the tops of towering trees. They will often gather on the tops of trees for food together with the same genus Mie’s lorikeets and red-clothed lorikeets; the flying speed is quite fast , accompanied by a high-pitched chirp while flying.

What do Duchess lorikeets eat

Duchess lorikeets mainly feed on nectar, pollen, flowers, soft fruits, vegetation, etc.

Distribution area of Duchess lorikeet

Distributed in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands.

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