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Scarlet-chested Parrot  

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

Credit: © Ian Montgomery

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

Species Profile
Genus:
Neophema

Species:
splendida

Size: Adult Weight:
20cm (7.8 in) 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.

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Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E148.htm&Pic=148_1.JPG

BirdCare http://www.birdcare.com.au/scarlet_chested_parrot.htm

CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html

BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1487&m=0

Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/

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