Well adapted for their particular diet, they use their brush-tipped tongue to get the pollen. In the wild dusky lories can feed on as many as 640 flowers in a day.
Dusky lories have two color phases: orange and yellow. Orange-phase lory is quite common with its dark brown head, a bronze crown, and orange skin on the bare area of its lower beak. In yellow-phase lory, most of the orange markings of the orange-phase birds are replaced with bright yellow.