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BIRDS - BLUE FACED PARROT FINCHES

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(Erythrura trichroa)

These nomadic birds are uncommon in Australia and are rarely seen. They are social birds but not communal as some finches. Flocks of up to 20-30 – juveniles and adults - sometimes amalgamate after breeding but usually in smaller groups. They fly swiftly through the forest mid-strata, co-coordinating their movements in unison. They do build roost nests into which they cram to sleep at night.

Habitat

With a restricted range, the Australian range of this Melanesian finch is limited to the rainforests of northeastern Queensland, from eastern Cape York Peninsula to the Atherton Tableland. They are found in grassy glades in rainforest along coastal plains and foothills of northeastern Queensland.

Diet

Like all the other finches, Blue-faced Parrot Finches are seed-eaters, yet they find their food not in grassland but in rainforest trees, shrubbery and glades within the forest, in both middle and upper strata. Insects are picked up there too. If the birds feed on grass seeds and other herbage it is only at the forest edge, close to cover. Seeding bamboo is favoured and following it, the finches are nomadic, both locally and regionally.

Breeding

The Blue-faced Parrot Finch breeds in the wet and pre-wet season approximately November to April. Their nest is pear-shaped or rounded with a side entrance near the centre of one side. It is made of moss, fern rootlets, fungus and vines and lined with soft grasses. The favoured nest sites are foliaged forks in trees or shrubs, usually within a few meters from the ground. 3-4 pure white eggs are laid and both sexes incubate for 12-14 days.

Display Status

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Threat Level

Least Concern

Least Concern