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Bird Psephotus haematonotus (red-rumped parrot)


Never Alone In The Bush
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Jun 16, 2011
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Melbourne, Victoria
Scientific Name: Psephotus haematonotus (red-rumped parrot)

Common Name: Red-rumped parrot

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittaculidae

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Distribution: South-eastern Australia (From SA through to southern Queensland)

Habitat: Prefers open grass lands or lightly forested areas. They are a common site around parks and nature strips in Melbourne.

Field Notes:
Males are distinguished by a bright red patch of feathers on their rump
Superficially it is similar looking to the orange bellied parrot and mulga parrots
It is often seen feeding on the ground in mating pairs or small flocks eating seeds and leaves of grasses.
They prefer to nest in tree hollows, and mate for life; and ear easy to observe since they do not take flight readily

(Sorry, this is not the best photo, but it does contain a male and female pair)