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Goldie's Lorikeet

Goldie's Lorikeet Pet Bird Profile

Size 7.4 inches (19 cm)
Origin New Guinea
Color Green, blue, yellow, red; multi-colored
Lifespan 12-20 years
Personality Chatty, entertaining, intelligent
How to keep them At least in pairs (one of each gender); need special food
Hand-tame bird
Talking bird
Bird Noise

Goldie's Lorikeet Photo: CrystalMage/Shutterstock


Goldie’s lorikeets are calm, gentle, peaceful and reserved parrots. Especially with new people or things, they keep their distance before they carefully get closer step by cautious step. They’re intelligent, entertaining and always up for some fun. Some like to wrap themselves up in a blanket to sleep, which is adorable. Goldie’s lorikeets are not known for breaking things or being particularly loud. But they’re not particularly suited to beginners as they need special food. Find out more below.

Goldie’s lorikeets are also jokingly called “little watermelons” because their yellow-green plumage has little black tips, making them look like watermelons. They have bright red crests on their heads and the plumage around the eyes is blue, while their cheeks are pink to purple. Beautiful!


Goldie's Lorikeet Photo: CrystalMage/Shutterstock


Do They Talk?

Not all, but some can. When they say something, their words aren’t as clear or as easy to understand as birds that have a real gift for speech.

Are They Loud?

Goldie’s lorikeets are quieter than other lorikeets. They can sometimes be a little too much with their unusually hissy and wheezing voices. They especially make this sound when they’re not doing very well. This may happen if they live in a hectic, loud household and/or they are neglected.

Goldie's Lorikeet Photo: CrystalMage/Shutterstock

How to Keep Them

Cage size: at least 48 x 40 x 24 inches (160 x 100 x 60 cm) (W x H x D) for two animals


Goldie’s lorikeets need several hours of time outside the cage every day and need a large cage as well as a place to bathe. They should be kept in pairs at least!


Goldie’s lorikeets don’t eat regular bird food. They need special food made up of at least 40% nectar, so apples, pears, bananas and oranges, for example. Like all lorikeets, they have brush-like tongues that let them better slurp up liquid nectar.

What Are Lorikeets?

Lorikeets are parrots that mostly live off nectar, pollen and fruits. They are also sometimes called honey parrots. As scientists don’t completely agree on which birds belong or don’t belong to this group, the official number of species changes but it’s around 60. One very well-known type or lorikeet is the rainbow-colored coconut lorikeet. The term “lorisid” is used to describe certain moneys. These include the slow loris - a small primate with huge eyes.

Fun Facts

Goldie’s lorikeets come from New Guinea. They live in the highlands and in forests at 3,280-7,220 feet (1,000-2,200 meters) above sea level and form little flocks of around 30 animals.


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