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Mulga Parrot - male

Psephotus varius

Description:

This was a sim lorikeet-like parrot with most of its body a lovely emerald green. There was a small patch of yellow above the beak and a bar of yeallow on the wings. The back of the neck had a patch of red and the lower belly showed some orange.
Tail feathers and tips of wings were tinged purple.
The bill was a blue-grey edged with black.

Habitat:

Spotted on open scrubland in a national park -NSW. The species ranges across the dry interior of the continent and is endemic to the arid scrublands of the interior.

Notes:

Females are said to be less colourful. The brilliantly coloured male parrots stood-out against the drab grey of the open woodland.
They nest in tree hollows.
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae

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6 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Yes, he was beautiful Leanne...like he'd been walking around pots of wet paint !

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 5 years ago

Oh wow! I have one of these as my screensaver. Beautiful Leuba.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 5 years ago

Aaah...the right place, right time shots are always special.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

I think I got lucky - they were flying high up amongst the trees . These two settled for a while quite close to where we were camping.

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 5 years ago

I would love to see one of these...one day! Nice shots Leuba. Thank you for sharing :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Cutie. Close to the limit of it's range.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Jul 27, 2017
Submitted on Jul 27, 2017

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