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Adults grow to about 35cm. Also known as Mallee Ringneck (race Barnardi). Male have a deep blue-black colour on the back and behind head/neck, females not as much, both have red band above beak, Body feather colour is blend of turquoise and blue and green, some speckling of red and yellow on chest. Races interbreed where they meet & also connect with other species making accurate ID more difficult as each takes on traits that defy recorded information. Seed eaters, often sipping nectar and chewing blossoms. Call is a series of repeated tink-tink sounds. A similar race exists in two forms known as the Twenty Eight Parrot (found only in far south west of Western Australia) & the Port Lincoln Parrot found throughout inland regions of central & western states.
Found in central parts of Australia in mallee or eucalypt watercourse country. These ones eating seed from lawn area of pub carpark.
Spotted on Jun 14, 2014
Submitted on Jun 27, 2014
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Wow, beautiful colour...
That was fast! Thanks MacC! The colour is a bit unusual in these ones, it was wonderful to find them though.
Nice one KD