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BIRDS - SUPERB PARROT

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(Polytelis swainsonii)

The adult male in particular is very attractive, with a rich emerald-green body plumage and a yellow forehead, face and throat which is separated from its chest by a crest-shaped band of scarlet. The adult female has a dull green body colour, pale blue-green face, pinkish-green throat and orange-red thighs.

Habitat

Superb Parrot is found in riverine forests of River Red Gums Eucalyptus camaldulensiss, with mixed box eucalypt woodlands on the adjoining floodplains. The location of Superb Parrot is inland southeastern Australia from central New South Wales to northernmost Victoria.

Diet

Superb Parrots spend much time on the ground, where they feed on seeds of grasses and herbaceous plants. Their diet also includes fruits, berries, nuts, nectar, blossoms, and insects and their larvae procured in the treetops or among the outer branches of shrubs

Breeding

They nest in hollow limb, or rarely in a hole in the trunk of an eucalypt, generally high above the ground. The breeding season commences with nesting in early October and finishes with the fledging of chicks in early December.

Polytelis swainsonii

Display Status

Off DisplayOur Amazing Superb-parrot(s) are currently off display

Threat Level

Near Threatened

Near Threatened