Laurie Lane

Laurie Lane

Posted on 01/30/2013


Photo taken on January 28, 2013


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Ricky, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Charmosyna placentis

Ricky, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Charmosyna placentis
The end of a Lorikeet tongue has a brush-like appearance due to the presence of papillae - small bristle-like outgrowths from the tip of the tongue. These papillae allow it to easily sweep up pollen and nectar when feeding on flowers and can be folded back to protect them, giving the tongue a normal appearance when they are not needed.

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