French: Perruche gracieuse German: Brownsittich Spanish: Perico gracioso
Arnhem Bay, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. v. hilli
Mathews, 1910 – N Western Australia (Kimberley).
P. v. venustus
(Kuhl, 1820) – N Australia from N Northern Territory (including Bathurst I and Melville I) E through Barkly Tableland to extreme NW Queensland.
28 cm; mean 85 g. Bill whitish; head black except for off-white lower cheek and chin; underparts, lower back and rump pale yellow lightly edged black, giving weak scaled... read more
Commonest call is a loud doubled or tripled “kwe-kweep!” or “kwe-kwee!-kwup” heard in flight. When... read more
Eucalyptus and Melaleuca woodland in hilly country where access to water greater... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of eucalypts, Melaleuca and Acacia, also C. intratropica; grass seeds and nectar also recorded. Birds in... read more
Jun–Sept, sometimes earlier. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a eucalypt near water. Eggs 2–4; incubation lasts c.... read more
Probably mainly sedentary, although in dry season birds retreat to vicinity of watercourses.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Considered to be relatively uncommon overall, and only locally common. Evidence of former abundance disputed, so not clear if any decline... read more
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