Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus
Red-rumped Parrot, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Mildura, Victoria, Australia
February / March 2006

The Red-rumped Parrot is distributed in south-east Australia but does not extend to Tasmania. It is found in open woodland, near water especially in association with River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis and savanna grassland.

Red-rumped Parrot, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image The male has a red patch on the lower back, a yellow belly and shoulder patch and a bright green-blue head. The female is pale grey-brown with some blue on the bend of the wing.

They are usually in pairs or small groups feeding on the ground eating grass and other seeds as well as leaves and flowers. Post-breeding they can form large flocks and we saw a flock of about 60 birds in February at Mildura.

Red-rumped Parrot, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
Red-rumped Parrot, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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