Goldie's Lorikeet
Psitteuteles goldiei

Goldie's Lorikeet


19 cm.. long and weighing between 45 and 60 g..

The Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei) has the top red. Its neck is surrounded by a strip blue opaque that it extends to the edge of the eye.

The mumps and their cheeks they are pink with multiple streaks of dark blue. The upperparts of color green dark streaked of black in the part inferior of the neck and of color yellow greenish mottling on the sides of the layer.
The feathers that cover the wing are dark green, as well as the part superior of the tail.
The feathers they have a green color with black internal wires and a fine yellow edge.

The underparts are yellowish green with many streaks of dark green, more concentrated in the area of the chest. The bottom of the tail is of color yellow grey.

The bill is black, brown the iris. The legs son grises.

The females adult, they have the top more opaque and less developed.

In the immature, the top is reddish with dark blue spots. The upper mantle is spotted of yellow.

There are no geographic variations. The species is considered monotypic.

  • Sound of the Goldie's Lorikeet.
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The Goldie's Lorikeet It is distributed mainly by primary forests, mountain forests and eucalyptus between 1.000 and 2.200 meters above sea level. However, These birds are very Mobile and their habitat may vary from sea level to the 2.800 m.

At higher altitudes, sometimes be parked in the forests of beech and false Podocarpus. They are also set fairly regularly in the areas where the trees are in bloom and around small mountain villages. They have been , occasionally, in small groups of trees isolated in the middle of open spaces.

The Goldie's Lorikeet they are very sociebles. They are often associated with other Charmosyna type Loris: Fairy Lorikeet (Charmosyna pulchella) and Lori Flanquirrojo (Charmosyna placentis).

Most of the time live in large groups of 30 or more individuals. These birds make long flights daily, often in the company of the Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae). Move from their places of rest to its feeding sites found at the middle level, or at the top of the tall trees in flower.

They probably perform seasonal migrations to meet specific needs of power. Between mid June and early January, the Goldie's Lorikeet they are common in the forests of the lowlands around Port Moresby.


We really know very little about the total freedom. Apparently, the nest is well hidden inside a tree in thick foliage dry, most large pandanus. The female lays two white eggs.

In captivity, the incubation period ranges between 23 and 24 days. Young are altricial, and leave the nest after 8 a 9 weeks.


The Goldie's Lorikeet they have a scheme rather similar to all the lori, namely, they are almost exclusively vegetarian. Its menu consists mainly of pollen, nectar, flowers and fruits than that found in the trees of the genus Casuarina in shrubs of the genus honey Grevillea and of the eucalyptus.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 307.000 km2

This species is endemic of New Guinea. Lives exclusively in the mountains in the center of the island and stretches to the mountains of the Huon peninsula and Owen Stanley.


– Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

– The population trend: Stable

The population suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

The world population It has not been quantified, It is estimated above 100.000 specimens, but the species is reported to be locally common depending on the availability of food.

Lori Goldie in captivity:

The Goldie's Lorikeet is a bird prized as a pet. His character is not aggressive, or destructive and is quite silent for a parrot. They can be taken in pairs or in large communities. Some of them come to imitate the human voice.

Alternative names:

Goldie’s Lorikeet, Red-capped Streaked Lorikeet, Red-capped Streaked Lory (English).
Loriquet de Goldie (French).
Veilchenlori (German).
Lóris-de-goldie (Portuguese).
Lori de Goldie, Tricogloso de Goldie (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Psitteuteles
Scientific name: Psitteuteles goldiei
Citation: (Sharpe, 1882)
Protonimo: Trichoglossus Goldiei

Goldie's Lorikeet images:


Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


1 – “Psitteuteles goldiei - Pittsburgh National Aviary-8-3 c” by derivative work: Snowmanradio (talk)Psitteuteles_goldiei_-Pittsburgh_National_Aviary-8.jpg: Benny Mazur – originally posted to Flickr as Goldie completo Lorikeet and uploaded to commons as Psitteuteles_goldiei_-Pittsburgh_National_Aviary-8.jpg. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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3 – “Goldies Lorikeet” by LtshearsOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
4 – Jackson Zoological Park – Jackson, MS, USA © 2004 Jeff Whitlock
5- Bird feeding on fruit in a tree. by David Cook Wildlife Photography –

Sounds: Michiel de Boer (Xeno-canto)

Iris Lorikeet
Psitteuteles iris

Iris Lorikeet


20 cm.. length and a weight between 65 and 75 gr.

The Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris) It has three subspecies recognized including the nominal, the extension and the gradation of red and purple coloration in the head varies between the three subspecies:

  • Psitteuteles iris iris

    The Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris) has a plumage, in general, Green with stripes of color green light in the underparts.

    The forecrown, lores and area that is spread in a line close around it Crown rear, red.
    Cheeks yellowish green. The eye-stripe and headphones feathers of color purple.
    Center of the crown, Turquoise, extending it until it nape in a large yellow-green necklace.
    The chest and abdomen are yellowish-green. The feathers of the neck and the chest they have dark green edges. Wings and tail green.
    Bill and irises orange. The legs greyish black.

    It presents sexual dimorphism. The Red coloration of the female on head It is more off and less extensive that in the male.

  • Psitteuteles iris rubripileum

    It has all the forecrown and crown Red and the headphones feathers Violet Blue.

  • Psitteuteles iris aprosmictus

    Larger, the crown It is red and mixed with Violet Blue variable extension. The cheeks they are dark green. The chest bright yellow contrast with the Panza green.


It has placed at times as subspecies to the Neopsittacus. The validity of the subspecies Psitteuteles iris rubripileum, is questionable, and it was claimed that the differences with the nominal species It may be due to age or individual variation.

  • Sound of the Iris Lorikeet.
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Found up to a height of 1.500 meters above the sea level.

The Iris Lorikeet They inhabit monsoon forests, plantations and farmland with trees in bloom.
Although they are apparently more common in the higher elevations, its local abundance is based on the availability of trees with flowers for food, as it is the case with most of the Lori.
The flight of the Iris Lorikeet fast and slightly wavy.


Little is known of the ecology of breeding of this species in its natural environment. A record of a breeding captive affirms that it laying is of two eggs, with a period of incubation of 23 days and emancipation some nine weeks more afternoon.


Feeds of nectar of the flowers Sesbania sp.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 31.300 km2

Endemic to the Islands Wetar and Timor (Indonesia).

Distribution of subspecies:

  • Psitteuteles iris Iris

    : West of Timor.

  • Psitteuteles iris Rubripileum

    : East of Timor.

  • Psitteuteles iris Wetterrensis

    : Wetar island.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Near threatened

• Population trend: Decreasing

There are no data on population trend; However, the species is suspected to be in decline due to the capture and the degradation of the habitat.

Previously considered common, but not found in the Island of Wetar during a search in 1990, found only in two places during a study of nine weeks in the jungle in Timor West in 1993. Considered main many that the Olive headed Lorikeet and the Coconut Lorikeet in East Timor. World population around 10.000 specimens. VULNERABLE.

Lori Iris in captivity:

Quite rare.

Alternative names:

Iris Lory, Iris Lorikeet (English).
Loriquet iris, Loriquet d’Iris (French).
Irislori (German).
Lóris-íris (Portuguese).
Lori de Goldie, Lori Iris, Tricogloso Iris (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Scientific name: Psitteuteles iris
Citation: (Temminck, 1835)
Protonimo: Psittacus iris

Iris Lorikeet Images:


Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


1 – By Dirk (originally posted to Flickr as DSC_7897) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
2 – By Dirk (originally posted to Flickr as DSC_2608) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
3 – By Asim Bharwani (originally posted to Flickr as San Diego Zoo) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
4 – By tinyfroglet [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
5 – By Liam from Washington DC, USA (IMG_9040Uploaded by snowmanradio) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Filip Noel (Xeno-canto)

Varied Lorikeet
Psitteuteles versicolor

Varied Lorikeet


19 cm.. length and a weight between 50 and 60 gr.

The Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor) has the forecrown and beginning of skull red-scarlet; the mumps and cheeks They are bright yellow-green with a slight bluish green stripe; the back of the mumps and the back of the head They are greenish blue with yellow streaks.

The upperparts They are olive green with pale green streaks along the rump; the Feather coverts are green with a pale border; the flight feather They are blackish green inside and outside with a thin yellow stripe on the edge.

The bottom of the wings It is green with a yellow border; the throat It is dotted with yellow and blue-green; lower throat and the chest show infiltrations green with pink and orange; the abdomen It is pale greenish yellow with yellow stripes.

The upper part of the tail is green, yellow-green below, darker when tail is closed.

The bill is orange. The area covering the nostrils and the bare periophthalmic, are white. The irises It is yellow and legs grey.

The Red coloration of the head on female It is less intensive and extensive. Its chest It is pink with less infiltrations.

In the immature, red color lores and the Cap It is absent. The bill It is more marked in brown and irises They are darker.

  • Sound of the Varied Lorikeet.
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This species lives a nomadic life, mainly on the Plains. It is in a wide variety of forest habitats, including dense eucalyptus plots Melaleuca, swamp forest, savannas and Shrublands, grasslands and sometimes mangroves.

The Varied Lorikeet They also inhabit regions of rolling hills and wooded areas along streams. They live in pairs, in small groups or large groups that are often associated with the Red-collared Lorikee (Trichoglossus rubritorquis), Although they have a much quieter than the latter behavior.

are very aggressive with other species nectarivorous who they are competing for the same flowerbeds.

Outside the breeding season, the Varied Lorikeet they become more mobile because the blooming trees are rarer. In some areas they are most abundant from April to may and from September to October. However, the information is not sufficient to say that this bird is a seasonal migrant.


The reproduction It takes place throughout the year, However, It is most active between April and August.

install nest in the cavity of a trunk or branch, usually near a water source. The bottom of the hole is lined with chips of wood or leaves that have been previously “chewed”.

The spawning is between 2 and 5 white eggs that are incubated by the female alone for about 22 days. The young are fed by both parents, and leave the nest after 6 weeks.


Their diet consists of pollen, fruits, seed and probably some insects. These birds feed on the Ceiba or Kapok, wood and Red eucalyptus trees of Melaleuca.


Size of its range (reproduction / resident): 2.170.000 km2

This bird is endemic in northern Australian continent.

Its area of distribution extends from Broome and the surroundings of the Fitzroy river (Western Australia), to the Northwest of Queensland and Mount Isa.

Crosses the region from Kimberley, all the Arnhem Land and in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The Varied Lorikeet It is also present in the Cape York Peninsula and in the South, Townsville.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The Varied Lorikeet they are usually fairly common. In the Darwin region, for example, It can be found in large quantities when the trees are in bloom. They are less common in the Cape York Peninsula and along the east coast.

The world population It is estimated in more than 100.000 specimens. The species are not endangered globally and do not receive any specific measures of protection.

Lori Versicolor in captivity:

It is not found outside Australia; Limited breeding Australia.

Alternative names:

Varied Lorikeet, Northern Varied Lorikeet (English).
Loriquet varié, Loriquet versicolore (French).
Buntlori (German).
Lóris-versicolor (Portuguese).
Lori Versicolor, Tricogloso Versicolor (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Psitteuteles
Scientific name: Psitteuteles versicolor
Citation: (Lear, 1831)
Protonimo: Trichoglossus versicolor

Varied Lorikeet images:


Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


1 – by Peter Strauss –
2 – “Psitteuteles versicolor - Queensland-8-4 c” by Psitteuteles_versicolor_-Queensland-8.jpg: Joshua Robertsonderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) – originally posted to Flickr as Varied Lorikeet [Psitteuteles versicolor] and uploaded to commons at Psitteuteles_versicolor_-Queensland-8.jpg. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
3 – by Steve_Murphy –
4 – Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor), Bell Gorge, WA –
5 – Alan Marshall ’ s Pictures of Varied Lorikeet –
6 – Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor) Illustration by Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons