French: Perruche terrestre German: Erdsittich Spanish: Perico terrestre
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. w. flaviventris
North, 1911 – Western Ground Parrot – coastal SW Australia (Fitzgerald R and Cape Arid).
P. w. wallicus
(Kerr, 1792) – Eastern Ground Parrot – coastal E & SE Australia from SE Queensland to W Victoria.
P. w. leachi
Mathews, 1912 – Tasmania.
30 cm; mean 130 g. Red frontal band; plain green on face and breast; crown green with black streaks; upperparts green mottled black with yellow buff chevrons and spots;... read more
Peculiar high-pitched song-like vocalization primarily heard at dawn and dusk. Either a series of... read more
Generally found in coastal graminoid and adjacent montane heathlands up to 1800 m, optimally 5... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and green shoots of grasses and herbs, with a preference for buttongrass (Mesomelana sphaerocephala) but also ... read more
Generally Jul–Dec; once Mar. Nest a shallow scrape in soil lined with stalks or leaves, often at the base of a tussock or bush and... read more
Reputedly sedentary, based on view that it is a weak flier, but actually flight is powerful and at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES I. Loss of habitat to urban and agricultural development, including inappropriate burning and establishment of pine plantations, along the... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!