The most prominent color observed in all species is green hence the name true parrots

The small or medium-sized lorikeet species are known for their territorial behavior (for other birds) and love for humans.

The species are differentiated based on colored bars or markings usually found on the upper breast. The plumage is vividly colored with long proportional tails in all lorikeets. Olive-headed lorikeets have olive-colored heads with striking red beaks. Species like rainbow lorikeet have bristles on their tongue, which might be an adaptation to their feeding habits.

Their tongues make it easy for them to feed on nectar and sweet fruit juices. Dark chin, throat, and green nape bands make rainbow lorikeets distinctive from other species.