Bird Families

Flower-eating, or flower-sucking - a family of songbirds from the order of passerines

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Color beetles

Flower-eating, or flower-sucking - a family of songbirds from the order of passerines. Includes 44 species belonging to two genera.

The flower beetles are found mainly in New Guinea and the Philippines. The rest of the range stretches from India through China to the southern borders of Australasia. They usually live in small groups on trees or in bushes. The flower beetles do not migrate, but remain faithful to their place of birth.

Flower-eating beetles are small-sized birds with short legs and tails. The plumage has a dull color, both sexes are almost the same. In some species, males are distinguished by brighter plumage. The short beaks have projections like small teeth that help the flower beetles to eat sticky fruits. Their tongue is rolled into a tube, which makes it easier to get the nectar. In addition to him, flower beetles feed on berries and fruits, they also do not disdain insects and spiders. The yellow berries are preferred by the Loranthus longiflorus plant of the Belnet family and are an important factor in the spread of its seeds.

The nests of flower beetles have a round shape, they are suspended from tree branches and the entrance to them is on the side. Various stems and cobwebs are used as a building material. In clutch there are from two to four eggs.

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