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Superb Parrot

Polytelis swainsonii


Beautiful Green long tailed parrot. 37 - 42cm long, slender and bright light green. Males (pictured) have a bright yellow forehead and bib with a scarlet border. It also has a light turquoise patch on the crown. The bill is a dark pink. Females are similar to males with the absence of the yellow and scarlet around the head.


Riverine and flood plain forest especially Red River Gum. Birds seen here in southern NSW Australia. They are migratory through NSW and follow the Namoi and Maquarie river systems seasonally. Due to the increasing rarity of this bird I have not put an exact location in this spotting.


This is a classic case where the Red List status for a species needs some updating. Superb Parrots only live in a very restricted area in NSW and northern Victoria. There habitat is under extreme pressure and they are only found in a few localized areas.

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triggsturner 9 months ago

Thank you Liana for your comments and support. I hope the holiday season has gone well for you. I have been a bit busy but hope to post some more Aussie birds and animals shortly. Nothing as exciting as your Western Quoll from last year however! Rob

armadeus.4 9 months ago

Wonderful spotting Rob! This is a bird I am hanging out to see. I am so pleased you got to see them and also you captured these images beautifully. Well done. Thank you for the info and for sharing :)

triggsturner 9 months ago

Sorry Desmond. Got to love predictive txt - not!!!

triggsturner 9 months ago

Thank you Dr's mind and Sergio. I appreciate the support.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 10 months ago


Desmond.E.S.O 10 months ago

Very nice series, triggsturner! Congrats on SOTD!!!

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Antonio. My pleasure to share with you guys. I appreciate your comment.

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you for yor comment Kerry. I really hope you get to see one of these magnificent birds.

AntónioGinjaGinja 10 months ago

Awesome series Robert,just beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Daniele for the SOTD. A great honour..

KerryHawkins 10 months ago

fantastic! So wanted to beable to see one of these guys. Still haven't. One day i will maybe!!! Nice to see your beautiful photos though.

DanielePralong 10 months ago

Congratulations Robert, this truly superb spotting is our Spotting of the Day!


triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Daniele. Always good to bring a new organism into PN. These guys are stunners!

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Jim. Having spent a morning seeing the odd bird from a distance, it was amazing to get this close to one just before I was due to leave the area. These guys are getting harder and harder to find.

DanielePralong 10 months ago

Excellent spotting Robert, our first one on Project Noah. Very special and unbelievably beautiful bird.

triggsturner 10 months ago

Thank you Polilla. I got extremely lucky to get close to this bird. The colours are extraordinary and as you can see from the 3rd image, blend incredibly well with their grass environment.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 10 months ago

Excellent series...Well Done!

NSW, Australia

Lat: -34.21, Long: 142.45

Spotted on Oct 13, 2016
Submitted on Dec 16, 2016

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