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Blue-winged Parrot

 (Neophema chrysostoma)

Also known as: Blue-winged Grass-Parakeet, Blue-banded Parrot or Grass-Parakeet, Grass Parrot, Hobart Ground Parrot

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Blue-winged Parrot
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The plumage of the Blue-winged Parrot becomes much brighter when the birds are in breeding condition, advertising their availability to others.

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Related publications: Neophema chrysostoma

Species Profile

Genus: Neophema | Species: chrysostoma

Size:

21cm (8.2 in)

Weight:

33-60g (1.1-2.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-bronze/yellow crown; deep blue frontal band up to eye and margined with paler green/blue above; olive/green upperparts; pale green cheeks to upper breast; yellow underparts and underside of tail, sometimes lightly washed with orange on centre of abdomen; cobalt blue upper wing coverts. Bill grey/black. Eye dark brown. Female-olive/green crown; less evident frontal band; duller blue upper wing coverts washed with olive/green; pale underwing stripe minimal or absent.

Colourization Juvenile:

Frontal band absent or minimal; dull green/olive upper wing coverts, margined with dull blue; underwing stripe evident in all females and most of the males. Bill yellow/brown.

Call:

Calls are described as soft and tinkling, with a metallic tone; also sharp and high-pitched when alarmed. Occasional soft twittering may be heard while birds are feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
BirdCare
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Blue-winged Parrot
© Nora Peters | www.ozwildbirds.com

Did You Know?

The plumage of the Blue-winged Parrot becomes much brighter when the birds are in breeding condition, advertising their availability to others.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema chrysostoma

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common in Europe, less so in the UK and US.

Longevity:

Probably 10-15yrs, as with other Neophema sp.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 2-2.5m (6.5-8.2 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet, and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion and chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Enjoys bathing, so provide overhead misters or a bowl of water. Mild to moderate chewer, so provide bird-safe, unsprayed branches of flowering trees, fir, pine or willow; also wooden and vegetable tanned leather toys, and heat sterilized pine cones.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 5" x 5" x 10" (12.7cm x 12.7cm x 25.4cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

18-19 days

Fledging Age:

30 days

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Blue-winged Parrot
© Nora Peters | www.ozwildbirds.com

Did You Know?

The plumage of the Blue-winged Parrot becomes much brighter when the birds are in breeding condition, advertising their availability to others.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema chrysostoma

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Not recorded

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

SE Australia, including Tasmania.

Habitat:

Seen up to 1200m (3936 ft) in a varied range of habitats including savanna woodland, grasslands, orchards, forest clearings, farmland, coastal marshland, dune systems, heath, saltbush, mallee, mulga and other open areas.

Wild Diet:

Takes seeds, fruits, blossoms and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are quite tame, approachable. Several pairs may nest in a single tree, forming a breeding colony. Birds forage on the ground and in trees for food. Are found in pairs or small groups.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 23.5 x 19.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in)

Breeding Season:

September-early February

Related Links:

Birdkeeping in Australia
Wikipedia
Bird in Backyards

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Blue-winged Parrot
© Nora Peters | www.ozwildbirds.com

Did You Know?

The plumage of the Blue-winged Parrot becomes much brighter when the birds are in breeding condition, advertising their availability to others.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema chrysostoma

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