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Goldie’s Lorikeet

 (Psitteuteles goldiei)

Also known as: Red-capped Streaked Lory

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Wild Goldie's Lorikeet
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Did You Know?

The Goldie's Lorikeet was almost unknown in aviculture until the mid-1970s.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psitteuteles goldiei

Species Profile

Genus: Psitteuteles | Species: goldiei

Size:

19cm (7.4 in)

Weight:

45-57g (1.5-2 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green to yellow/green in colour, red crown, duller and less extensive in female; blue occiput; lilac/pink cheeks streaked with blue; yellow/green underparts streaked with dark green. Bill black. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with red frontal band; green crown; dull grey/blue occiput; green cheeks washed with pale pink and blue. Bill brown. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls are unusual hissing or wheezing sounds. Also soft, single syllable, whispery hissing while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Internet Bird Collection
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 139654, Goldies's Lorikeet Psitteuteles goldiei, Beehler, Bruce, Papua New Guinea, Sep. 8 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Goldie's Lorikeet
© David Cook | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Goldie's Lorikeet was almost unknown in aviculture until the mid-1970s.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psitteuteles goldiei

Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common

Longevity:

12-15 yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with well drained tile or concrete floor, 1.2m (4 ft) minimum length.

Diet:

Commercial or homemade nectar, the latter made fresh daily from baby cereal (lactose free), honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh daily, comprising at least 40 percent of the diet; fruit such as: apple, pear, banana, orange, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, fresh corn; dried figs soaked in water for a few hours; spray millet and a small amount of soaked or sprouted sunflower seed and small amount of canary seed and/or oats.

Enrichment:

Provide regular baths, provide browse and foliage for playing and hiding in, not chewing; provide swings, ladders and ropes.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal roosting and nest box 6" x 12" x 6" (15cm x 30.5cm x 15cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

23 days

Fledging Age:

8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

52g (1.8 oz)

Weaning Weight:

45g (1.6 oz)

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Wild Goldie's Lorikeet
© David Cook | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Goldie's Lorikeet was almost unknown in aviculture until the mid-1970s.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psitteuteles goldiei

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

Found in the highlands of New Guinea, east from Weyland Mountains, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Seen in montane primary forest and Eucalyptus woodland up to 2800m (9184 ft). May also be found at sea level.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on pollen, nectar, flowers and berries.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are commonly encountered in groups of 30 individuals or more. Flocks make long daily flights from roosting sites to feeding areas in the mid-storey and canopy of flowering trees. There is a seasonal pattern to the birds' movements.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 eggs

Breeding Season:

September-October.

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Wild Goldie's Lorikeet
© David Cook | Flickr

Did You Know?

The Goldie's Lorikeet was almost unknown in aviculture until the mid-1970s.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psitteuteles goldiei

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