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Ground Parrot  

Also Known As: Swamp Parrot, Buttongrass Parrot

Western Ground Parrot

Credit: © Brent Barrett

Did You Know?
Ground parrots will tend to occupy their favourite habitats (heathland) one year after fire has been through, begin nesting in 4 years, are at peak densities (populations) between 8 to 10 years and then decline, with total abandonment of an area after 20 years.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
30cm (11.7 in) 68-83g (2.4-3 oz)

Races including nominate:
two: P.w. wallicus, P.w. flaviventris

Colourization Adult:
Slim, bright green parrot with long tail and red frontal band. P.w. wallicus: male-bright green dotted with black and yellow; orange/red frontal band; green cheeks, ear coverts and throat all the way down to the breast, with black streaking on the feathers; abdomen to flanks and undertail coverts green/yellow, barred across black/brown; pale yellow spot on primary feathers and two spots on secondary feathers which form stripes; tail green barred with yellow and brown/black. Bill brown/grey, eye yellow. Female-as in male but with black shaft streaking to feathers of cheeks, ear coverts and throat to the breast. P.w. flaviventris: both adults as in wallicus but abdomen green/yellow with faint, interrupted green/brown barring.

Colourization Juvenile: As in adults but duller yellow/green with orange frontal band absent; feathers of cheeks, ear coverts and throat to breast black in centre. Tail shorter. Eye brown.

Call: Calls before dawn and after sunset, with three or four bell sounding notes followed by sharper notes on ascending scale and terminating with drawn-out note.

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Content Sources:


BirdLife International

Lexicon of Parrots

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006