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Elegant Parrot

 (Neophema elegans)

Also known as: Elegant Grass-Parakeet, Grass Parrot

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Wild Elegant Parrot
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Did You Know?

In the wild the Elegant Parrot can sometimes show an orange patch on the underparts, as in the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), leading to confusion in identification.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema elegans

Species Profile

Genus: Neophema | Species: elegans

Size:

22cm (8.6 in)

Weight:

40-51g (1.4-1.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-olive/yellow crown and upperparts; deep blue frontal band, bordered above by paler blue thin line going above and behind the eye; yellow face and throat; olive/yellow breast; yellow lower underparts and underside of tail, sometimes washed with orange on centre of abdomen; light blue outer median wing coverts; yellow/olive inner lesser and median wing coverts. Bill grey/black. Eye dark brown.  Female-in general duller than male; orange usually absent on abdomen.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but frontal band minimal or absent; pale olive outer wing coverts, faintly margined with pale blue; in some females pale coloured underwing band obvious, but in general minimal in both sexes. Bill yellow/brown.

Call:

In flight calls are a sharp or a somewhat weak whistling note. Silent or softly twittering while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
BirdLife Australia
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Bird Care
Lexicon of Parrots
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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Wild Elegant Parrot
© Brian McCauley | Flickr

Did You Know?

In the wild the Elegant Parrot can sometimes show an orange patch on the underparts, as in the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), leading to confusion in identification.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema elegans

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common since the 1970s in UK, Europe and Australia.

Longevity:

About 10 yrs.

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 minimal hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made with hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, orange; complete vitamin or kibble.

Enrichment:

Provide fresh, unsprayed, bird-safe branches (fir, pine, elder or willow) for chewing, heat sterilized pine cones, wooden toys, vegetable-tanned leather toys. Provide fresh water for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

4-5

Incubation Time:

18-19 days

Fledging Age:

4.5-5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Wild Elegant Parrot
© Brian McCauley | Flickr

Did You Know?

In the wild the Elegant Parrot can sometimes show an orange patch on the underparts, as in the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), leading to confusion in identification.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema elegans

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, increasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

Occurs in SW and SE Australia.

Habitat:

Found mostly below 500m (1640 ft) in open woodland, agricultural areas, lightly wooded savanna, mallee Eucalyptus gracilis, Acacia scrub, saltbush Atriplex plains, saltmarshes and forest clearings.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on the seeds of native and introduced grasses and shrubs as well as sunflower seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Somewhat nomadic, with local movements through the year. Difficult to detect because of how well the birds blend in with the shrubbery. Sometimes confused with the Blue-winged Parrot, as the two species are nearly identical.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-5 rounded eggs, 20.5 x 17.5mm (0.8 x 0.7 in)

Breeding Season:

August-December

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Wild Elegant Parrot
© Brian McCauley | Flickr

Did You Know?

In the wild the Elegant Parrot can sometimes show an orange patch on the underparts, as in the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), leading to confusion in identification.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neophema elegans

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