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Scarlet-chested Parrot

 (Neophema splendida)

Also known as: Scarlet-chested Grass-Parakeet, Scarlet-breasted Parrot or Grass-Parakeet, Splendid Parrot or Grass-Parakeet

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Splendid or Scarlet-chested Parakeet resting
© Ian Montgomery

Did You Know?

The female Scarlet-Chested Parrot carries green leaves to the nest tucked in its rump feathers.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema splendida

Species Profile

Genus: Neophema | Species: splendida

Size:

20cm (7.8 in)

Weight:

36-44g (1.3-1.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-bright green upperparts; bright blue face; scarlet foreneck and centre of breast, separated from orange/yellow lower underparts and undertail; bright blue upper wing coverts; green central tail feathers. Bill black. Eye brown/grey. Female-blue on face paler; blue lores; green breast; pale blue upper wing coverts; varying presence of pale underwing stripe. Bill dark grey.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female with varying presence of pale underwing stripe.

Call:

Calls made in flight are soft, two-syllable notes. In repetition these sound like chirrups. Birds in flock produce soft, continuous twittering. Emits clear, sharper whistle when alarmed.

Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
BirdCare
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi, Grajal, 2000.
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.
A Guide to Incubation and Handraising Parrots, Digney, 1998.

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Splendid or Scarlet-chested Parakeet resting
© Ian Montgomery

Did You Know?

The female Scarlet-Chested Parrot carries green leaves to the nest tucked in its rump feathers.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema splendida

Species Care

Captive Status:

Quite common, particularly in Australia.

Longevity:

10yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 2.1m (7 ft), or indoor aviary minimum length 1.8m (6 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, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from: hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear and banana; complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide bowls for bathing; if possible provide dirt or soil for the birds to scratch around in (they are ground feeders in the wild), foraging toys/bird-safe branches.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 6" x 6" x 12" (15.2cm x 15.2cm x 30.5cm).

Clutch Size:

4-6

Incubation Time:

18-19 days

Fledging Age:

4-5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

3g (0.1 oz)

Peak Weight:

33g (1.1 oz)

Weaning Weight:

30-35g (1-1.2 oz)

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Splendid or Scarlet-chested Parakeet resting
© Ian Montgomery

Did You Know?

The female Scarlet-Chested Parrot carries green leaves to the nest tucked in its rump feathers.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema splendida

Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Evidence of decline in Western Australia and New South Wales; world population low.

Range:

Interior of S Australia, from far SW Queensland, W New South Wales and NW Victoria west to SE Western Australia.

Habitat:

Found in a variety of dry areas in the interior of Australia; these include mallee, mulga, open Eucalyptus and Casuarina prevalent woodland. This species also prefers Spinifex ground cover.

Wild Diet:

Feeds mainly on grass seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds feed on the ground, and frequently drink water from various sources. They form large flocks outside the breeding season; during breeding they will form semi-colonial nesting areas.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-6 rounded eggs, 23.0 x 19.0mm (0.9 x 0.7 in).

Breeding Season:

August-January

Related Links:

Wikipedia
New South Wales Government Threatened Species
 

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Splendid or Scarlet-chested Parakeet resting
© Ian Montgomery

Did You Know?

The female Scarlet-Chested Parrot carries green leaves to the nest tucked in its rump feathers.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema splendida

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