Goldies Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei)

Goldies Lorikeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Psitteuteles goldiei | [authority] Sharpe, 1882 | [UK] Goldies Lorikeet | [FR] Loriquet de Goldie | [DE] Veilchenlori | [ES] Lori de Goldie | [NL] Viooltjes lori | [copyright picture] Wiki


Monotypic species


Genus Psitteuteles (sometimes classified in the Genus Trichoglossus) comprises three species of smallish mainly green parrots. These are known for their agressive behavior. Found in the montane regions of Northern Australia and New Guinea.

Physical charateristics

It is mainly green, and its underside is yellow-green with dark green longitudinal streaks. It has red plumage over the 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

Listen to the sound of Goldies Lorikeet

[audio: Lorikeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Michiel de Boer

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 19 cm size max.: 20 cm
incubation min.: 23 days incubation max.: 24 days
fledging min.: 56 days fledging max.: 63 days
broods: 2   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


Australasia : New Guinea. Goldie’s Lorikeet is native to the highlands of West Papua, (usually 1000 to 2200 m ASL) of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea


This species is naturally found in the montane forests of New Guinea.


Nests in the baseof dead fronds of pandanus tree, sometimes at forest edge. Clutch size is 1-3 eggs, incubation is about 23 days and the young fledge after another 2 months.

Feeding habits

In the wild the natural diet of the Goldie’s lorikeet includes fruits and berries, pollen, nectar and flowers. Insects may form a portion of the natural diet.

Video Goldies Lorikeet


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Goldies Lorikeet status Least Concern


Nomadic dependant on flowering periods.

Distribution map

Goldies Lorikeet distribution range map

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