Western Ground Parrot
Credit: © Brent Barrett
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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.
Races including nominate:
|30cm (11.7 in)
||68-83g (2.4-3 oz)
two: P.w. wallicus, P.w. flaviventris
Slim, bright green parrot with long tail and red frontal band.
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.
both adults as in wallicus
but abdomen green/yellow with faint, interrupted green/brown barring.
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.
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.
Recent Academic Research: Google Scholar - search results
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1490&m=0
Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E151.htm&Pic=151_1.JPG
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