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
Trichoglossus haematodus moluccanus — Rainbow lorikeet, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
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.
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).
The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus weberi) is a subspecies endemic to Flores island in the Wallacea Hotspot.
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.
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.
Aitutaki is delineated as a Secondary Endemic Bird Area because the restricted-range blue lorikeet (Vini peruviana).
A noisy lorikeet, not the kind you keep as favoured pets, screeched at me because I stole a mandarin out of his tree.
~ 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."
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.