Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche à bouche d’or German: Feinsittich Spanish: Periquito crisóstomo
Taxonomy:

Psittacus chrysostomus

Kuhl

, 1820,

New Holland; error = Tasmania

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Described forms cyanopterus (from S Victoria) and tasmanica (N Tasmania) are considered unacceptable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Australia, where breeds only in S Victoria and SE South Australia and in Tasmania; after breeding, moves N to E South Australia, inland New South Wales and SW Queensland.

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 44–61 g. Area between eye and bill, and postocular mark, yellow; dark blue line across forehead to front of eye, edged above pale blue; crown bronze... read more

Voice

Not very vocal. In flight a repeated high-pitched tinkling “tsleet..tsleet..”. Also an insect-like... read more

Habitat

Eucalypt woodland in breeding season, visiting pastures, clearings and orchards; similar habitat in... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, notably Danthonia semibarbata, D. semiannularis, Aira caryophylla and Drosera peltata... read more

Breeding

Oct–Jan. Nest in hole in tree, often a high eucalypt, but also in a stump, fence post or fallen log; sometimes colonial. Eggs 4... read more

Movements

Migratory, although pattern unclear. Most birds in Tasmania move to mainland in winter, and N parts... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, especially in Tasmania, SW Victoria and SE South Australia.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/54524 on 23 September 2018).