French: Perruche à croupion rouge German: Singsittich Spanish: Perico dorsirrojo
New South Wales, Australia.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. h. caeruleus
Condon, 1941 – L Eyre region of NE South Australia and adjacent extreme SW Queensland.
P. h. haematonotus
(Gould, 1838) – S Queensland and SE Australia.
27 cm; 54–70 g. Head and breast grass green, with blue tinge on forehead and lower cheeks; belly yellow shading to white on undertail-coverts; mantle, back and... read more
Flight call is a high-pitched tinkling “tlee” or “see-tlee”, repeated in loose series. When perched... read more
Open woodland, mallee, savanna grassland, riverine growth, notably with Eucalyptus... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and green tissues of grasses and herbaceous plants, e.g. Erodium botrys, Foeniculum, Boerhavia, Kochia... read more
Aug–Jan, once Apr. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a eucalypt near water, but also stumps, fence posts and in farm and... read more
Sedentary, except at edges of range, where local movements occur.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant throughout its range. Although at the start of the twentieth century it was reportedly declining owing to overgrazing... read more
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