Goldie's lorikeet

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Goldie's lorikeet
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At Newport Aquarium, Kentucky, USA.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Psitteuteles
Species: P. goldiei
Binomial name
Psitteuteles goldiei
Sharpe, 1882

The Goldie's lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei) is a species of parrot in the family Psittaculidae. It is found in forest and woodland in New Guinea, primarily at altitudes of 1000-2200 m.a.s.l. It is mostly green with yellowish streaks in the chest area, and a red, blue and purple head. It is said[who?] to resemble a watermelon in appearance. It is a small bird measureing 19 cm (7 ½ in) in length and weighing 45-60 grams.[2]


Goldie's lorikeet is 19 cm (7.5 in) long. It is mainly green, and its underside is yellow-green with dark green longitudinal streaks. It has a red plumage on crown, which is less extensive in the female. The back of its head is blue, its cheeks are mainly mauve and blue, its beak is black, and its irises are brown. Its legs are greenish-brown. In juveniles the red on the head is reduced to a small red patch above its beak. Juveniles have a brown beak, a green crown, and greyish-blue plumage on the back of head.[3]


Goldie's lorikeet is native to the highlands of West Papua, (usually 1000 to 2200 m ASL)[3] of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea[1]


Goldie's lorikeet is well regarded as a pet. They are quiet, non-destructive, non-aggressive, and can be kept as a single pair or in larger communities. Some lorikeets have learned to mimic human voices.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Psitteuteles goldiei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Collar, N.J. (1997). Family Psittacidae (Parrots). pp. 280-477 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliot, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1997). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions: Barcelona
  3. ^ a b Forshaw (2006). plate 14.
  4. ^ "Goldie's lorikeet profile". 2007-12-02. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 

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