Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma)


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

Psittacus chrysostomus


, 1820,

New Holland; error = Tasmania


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


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


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


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


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


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 on 25 March 2018).