Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several small, often brilliantly colored Australasian parrots that feed primarily on soft fruits or the nectar and pollen of flowers and blooming trees.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small, brightly coloured, parrots native to Australasia. They are usually classified in the subfamily Loriinae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one numerous species of small brush-tongued parrots or lories, found mostly in Australia, New Guinea and the adjacent islands, with some forms in the East Indies. They are arboreal in their habits and feed largely upon the honey of flowers. They belong to Trichoglossus, Loriculus, and several allied genera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small parrot of the genus Trichoglossus, or, in a broader use, of the subfamily Trichoglossinæ; a kind of lory.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various small lories

Etymologies

lor(y) + (para)keet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus — Rainbow lorikeet, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

    The Panda's Thumb: Timothy Sandefur Archives

  • Two species from Caledonia that have not been recorded reliably for many years, include the New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema, CR), last recorded in 1913, and the New Caledonia rail (Gallirallus lafresnayanus, CR), not reliably reported since the early 20th century.

    Biological diversity in New Caledonia

  • The kagu is the national bird of New Caledonia and is listed by IUCN as endangered (EN), along with the Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus), New Caledonian lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema), and New Caledonian owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles savesi).

    New Caledonia rain forests

  • The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus weberi) is a subspecies endemic to Flores island in the Wallacea Hotspot.

    Biological diversity in Wallacea

  • All four of the island's land birds are endemic, flightless Henderson rail Nesophylax ater, Stephen's lorikeet Vini stepheni (R), Henderson fruit dove Ptilinopus insularis, and Henderson warbler Acrocephalus vaughani taiti.

    Henderson Island, United Kingdom

  • The Vulnerable restricted-range blue lorikeet (Vini peruviana) is found on Aitutaki, and the island is delineated as a Secondary Endemic Bird Area for that reason, but it is unclear whether the species is actually native to the island.

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • Aitutaki is delineated as a Secondary Endemic Bird Area because the restricted-range blue lorikeet (Vini peruviana).

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • A noisy lorikeet, not the kind you keep as favoured pets, screeched at me because I stole a mandarin out of his tree.

    In Need Of Subtle Teaching

  • ~ Exotic Parrots Return to Cook Islands -- "Two centuries after a dazzlingly feathered parrot called the Rimitara lorikeet disappeared from the Cook Islands, a breeding colony of the birds has been re-established with the help of the islands' royalty."

    Speedlinking 9/27/07

  • When the Jambu, or rose apple (Eugenic sp.), was in flower in the village, flocks of the little lorikeet (Charmosyna placentis), already met with in Gilolo, came to feed upon the nectar, and I obtained as many specimens as I desired.

    The Malay Archipelago

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  • Amusing example:

    " To my lorikeet, Buttons, I leave the remaining sum total of all assets in my estate, real and liquid, including cash, securities, land, fine art, jewelry, gold, and McDonald's Monopoly game pieces, because that's the kind of crazy thing that wealthy, mean-spirited old lunatics like me really enjoy."

    December 22, 2009

  • Usage on brolga.

    April 18, 2009

  • They are cool birds.

    October 13, 2008

  • I went to a theme park once that had a "lorikeet glen." You could shell out $2 for a tiny soufflé cup filled with liquid lorikeet chow, then walk into the "glen," and they'd mob you. I mean mob you. Then as soon as the chow was gone they'd fly on to the next sucker. But it was pretty cool. In a scary way.

    October 10, 2008