|Australian Bush Birds|
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|Red-rumped Parrot - Psephotus haematonotus|
|Male Red-rumped parrot with the red rump visible.|
Male Red-rumped Parrots - Psephotus haematonotus - are green with turquoise head; shoulder and belly are yellow, wings mainly blue. Females are dull olive-green. Males have a red patch on the rump visible from behind or when taking off. Reaches 24 to 30 centimetres in length.
Lives in open grassy and lightly timbered plains, along timber-lined watercourses, mallee and farmland. Feeds on the ground in pairs or large flocks.
A common species within its range. The brighter coloured male is more readily seen but his less brightly coloured mate is usually nearby. The combination of one brightly coloured bird with a dull green companion is a useful identification feature for the species.
Habitat extends through inland Victoria and New South Wales into southern inland Queensland and the south-east corner of South Australia.
|Female red-rumped parrots feeding on the ground.|
|Red Rumped Parrot - page 2|
|Brightly coloured male red-rumped parrot on the left; the dull green female parrot on the right.|
|A pair of red-rumped parrots feeding together on the ground. The female's colour merges well with grass and leaves while the male's colour makes it stand out.|
A different subspecies living in the Lake Eyre basin has paler plumage.
Common and sedentary.