Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei)


French: Loriquet de Goldie German: Veilchenlori Spanish: Lori de Goldie

Trichoglossus Goldiei


, 1882,

Astrolabe Mountains, New Guinea


Previously placed in Trichoglossus. Monotypic.


Highlands of New Guinea from Weyland Mts in W to Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range in E.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 45–61 g. Black bill; crown red with blackish line from loral area back to hindcrown, bluish under eye, deep pink hood from throat to nape with regular dark... read more


Not well documented. Calls include a high-pitched rising “tsleet!” and variations such as “tseet…... read more


In habits primary montane forest at mid-elevations, but ranging to sea-level and up to 2800 m where... read more

Food and feeding

Flowers of Elaeocarpus, Poikilospermum, Eucalyptus, Grevillea and Dimorphanthera; apparently... read more


Sept–Oct. Nest in base of dead fronds in lower crown of Pandanus tree, in one case at moss forest/grassland edge. Eggs two;... read more


Apparently nomadic in relation to flowering schedules of several canopy trees and lianas; for... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally fairly scarce but locally common (e.g. near Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea), presumably in response to local food availability.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 March 2018).