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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 a small bird measuring 19 cm (7 ½ in) in length and weighing 45-60 grams.[2]

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



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 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. 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 the head.[3]


Goldie's lorikeet is native to the highlands of 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. ^ Forshaw (2006). plate 14.
  4. ^ "Goldie's lorikeet profile". 2 December 2007. Archived from the original on 22 October 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2007.

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