French: Calopsitte élégante German: Nymphensittich Spanish: Cacatúa ninfa
New Holland = New South Wales, Australia.
Irregular occurrence throughout interior of mainland Australia.
29–33 cm; c. 80–100 g. Mainly brownish grey, with long tail and long wispy crest. Male paler below with forehead, chin, throat and cheeks yellow, enclosing orange... read more
Plaintive “queel, queel-queel” or “weero”.
Arid and semi-arid open country with water; savanna, open woodland, riverine forest, acacia... read more
Food and feeding
Wide variety of small seeds, usually gathered from the ground but also from standing crops such as sorghum and sunflower (sorghum is... read more
Usually Aug–Dec in S Australia, more usually Apr–Jul in N of range. Nests on floor of a tree-hollow, lined with wood dust,... read more
Strong flier. Outside breeding season, forms large, nomadic flocks that follow the seeding of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Abundant, with overall population postulated to be in region of one million individuals. Large flocks may be regarded as pests by farmers growing... read more
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