Psitteuteles goldiei  Sharpe, 1882

goldie's lorikeet                       




Previously placed in Trichoglossus.

And Schweizer say it doesn't belong in Psitteuteles neither, and separated it and call it Glossoptilus goldiei.


subspecies:


none


Distribution:


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


Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Least concern. Generally fairly scarce but locally common,  depending on food availability (del Hoyo et al. 1997).

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


Description:


  • Length:18 cm (7 inch)
  • Weight: 55-65 gr.


Scarlet crown and forehead.

The area bordering the crown and eyes is mauve and the cheeks pinkish.

Darkgreen streaks on the underparts (broadly on the sides) extending upward to the lower part of the cheeks.

Also the nape and undertail coverts are streaked.

Upper parts darkgreen.

Black beak.

Dark brown iris.

The feet are grey.


Sexual dimorphism:


Best way to determine the sex is by DNA.

However some small details can tell the sex, certainly in adult birds and when you can compair them with others.

Head and bill are slightly larger , and the mauve on the head is more pronounced in the male.

Female slimmer then the male.


Aviculture:


common.


Mutations:


none I think, but is a very common and easy to breed species so I think sooner or later there will some showing up. I did see a darkgreen one, but after the moult it was back normal.

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