Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans)


French: Perruche élégante German: Schmucksittich Spanish: Periquito elegante

Nanodes elegans


, 1837,

Tasmania?; error = Victoria


SW population described as race carteri, but considered too poorly differentiated to warrant recognition. Monotypic.


SW Western Australia, and SC South Australia (including Kangaroo I) to W Victoria.

Descriptive notes

22–23 cm; 42–51 g. Extremely similar to N. chrysostoma but plumage brighter and more yellowish notably on breast, with inner wing-coverts concolorous... read more


Not very vocal. When flushed an electric buzzy “zzt-zzt-zzt-zzt...”. Also an emphatic repeated “... read more


Coastal dunes, wooded and shrubby grasslands, mallee, eucalypt woodland, dry Acacia... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of clover Trifolium, Paspalum grasses, Lomandra and several species of twinleaf Zygophyllum... read more


Aug–Nov. Nest in hollow usually high in tree, often in horizontal hollows in high limbs of isolated trees or trees in isolated clumps... read more


Partly nomadic, particularly at the edges of range; some small-scale seasonal movements may also... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, particularly in SW Australia, where since 1930s numbers and range have increased in apparent response to land clearance and the use... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans). 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 1 April 2020).