The colorful Edwards Lorikeet shares many physical features with the typical parrots, including the hooked bill, brightly-colored feathers and the ability to imitate sounds and human speech. What sets these birds apart is their nectar-feeding habits. They have very specialized tongues with tiny hair-like structures ( 'papillae') at the end of the tongue in the shape of an "U". As these parrots extend their tongues to feed, the papillae stand on end, like bristles on a brush, soaking nectar and pollen up - earning them the nickname "brush-tongued" parrots.
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