French: Perruche à bonnet bleu German: Blutbauchsittich Spanish: Perico cariazul
New South Wales, Australia.
Subspecies and Distribution
N. h. haematorrhoa
(Bonaparte, 1856) – Red-winged Bluebonnet – S Queensland and N New South Wales.
N. h. haematogaster
(Gould, 1838) – Common Bluebonnet – SW Queensland, W New South Wales and NW Victoria to SE South Australia.
N. h. pallescens
(Salvadori, 1891) – L Eyre region of NE South Australia and neighbouring areas in SW Queensland and NW New South Wales.
N. h. narethae
(H. L. White, 1921) – Naretha Bluebonnet – SE Western Australia to extreme SW South Australia.
28 cm; 74–105 g. Forehead, lores and face purplish blue; head, breast, mantle, back and rump ochre shading to yellow on belly which has large central red blotch; bend... read more
Commonest call is a harsh emphatic “chack” or “chak-a-chack”, typically repeated in loose series.... read more
Arid and semi-arid open woodlands dominated by Myoporum, Casuarina, Callitris... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of herbs, including Atriplex vesicarum, Kochia sedifolia, Bassia and Amaranthus, fruit, berries... read more
Jul–Dec, with some variation depending on rains, and evidence of two seasons following good rainfall. Nest in hollow in tree; ... read more
Seasonal fluctuations in numbers of the race narethae appear to occur, suggesting local... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Fairly common except at edges of range. Clearance of native vegetation in Victoria needs to be halted to preserve shelter... read more
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