Turquoise Parrot Neophema pulchella
Female Turquoise Parrot, Barren Lands NP, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Barren Lands NP, NSW, Australia
March 2006

The Turquoise Parrot is distributed in south-eastern Australia from southern Queensland to eastern Victoria as far as the Snowy River. It is found in open grassy woodland, coastal heaths, grassland and orchards provided there is a supply of grass or weed seeds for food and some dead trees for nesting.

Female Turquoise Parrot, Barren Lands NP, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image The male is green with blue forehead and cheeks, a red shoulder patch, mid and dark blue bands on the edge of the wings and yellow underparts with yellow edges to the tail. The female, shown here, has a blue forehead, light grey mask, bluish chin with green breast and yellow belly. She also lacks the red shoulder patch.
Female Turquoise Parrot, Barren Lands NP, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image
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