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The Lorikeets form a unique group of colorful parrots with several distinctive characteristics. The principal distinction is their adaptation to a pollen, nectar and fruit diet. These parrots have evolved a brush-like structure at the tip of their tongue, a long, slender bill to assist probing into flowers (and enabling them to give a very painful bite), and the lack of a crop and poorly developed gizzard. These adaptations, together with special digestive enzymes, allow them to effectively consume their special diet.

Lorikeets (Australia) by The Nature Conservancy
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