GOLDIE'S LORIKEETTrichoglossus goldiei» About 7" in length and 45 to grams in weight» Endemic to New Guinea, central mountainous part from Weyland Mountains, Irian Jaya, to southeastern Papua New Guinea» Became available in the late 1970s and is available as a companion. Considered to be one of the best lory companions.» Because of the combination of its colors, the Goldie's lorikeet is often compared to a "watermelon." » Considered stable in its rangeI have met about a half a dozen of these busy little gems and I think that they are one of the cutest Lory family birds. One of the ones that I became acquainted with was non-stop energy climbing around his play gym and banging toys around. Like many lorie and lorikeets, these little birds can be full of themselves. He had a long hanging toy with plastic chain, bells, and other dangly parts. He would hang head first and swing it until the toy was spinning around in circles. Another Goldie's had a vocabulary of a dozen or more words but said them in the voice of a cartoon character. These birds are on a long list of birds that I would've enjoyed getting to know a lot better. Goldies will eat a high quality dry powder but it should not be more than 30% of their diet. They also like germinating seed, and some fresh fruit and low iron veggies.Jean Gauthier writes:When I had my Goldie's pair, they would gang up and attack my much larger flightless Patagonian Conure if they could ... I hadn't really anticipated Goldie's being aggressive but I quickly learned they weren't to be let loose around my other parrots. They seemed to have a knack at discerning who was a handicapped bird and more vulnerable. I was told that "two lories are a gang." I read an article or two about keeping a single Goldie's as a potential companion for a lonely Poicephalus ... not in my household!