French: Perruche érythroptère German: Rotflügelsittich Spanish: Papagayo alirrojo
J. F. Gmelin
Cooktown, northern Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. e. papua
Mayr & Rand, 1936 – lowland SC New Guinea (Trans-Fly region).
A. e. coccineopterus
(Gould, 1865) – N Western Australia (Kimberley) E to N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
A. e. erythropterus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – EC Australia.
30–32 cm; 156 g. Green on head, nape, underparts and rump; bill orange red; mantle, uppper back and secondaries greenish black; lesser, median and secondary coverts red... read more
Commonest vocalization a repeated shrill rolling disyllabic “curleek”. When perched, also a short... read more
In Australia open Eucalyptus forest, riverine thickets, Melaleuca woodland, arid... read more
Food and feeding
Preference shown for seeds of eucalypts, acacias and hopbush (Dodonea), plus mistletoe Loranthus berries and ... read more
Aug–Feb generally, but Apr–Jul in NE Australia. Nest high in hollow limb or deep hole in tree, often a waterside eucalypt. Eggs... read more
Relatively sedentary in climatically more stable regions, but rather nomadic elsewhere with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common, locally abundant, and possibly benefiting from forest clearance in parts of Australia, where sometimes illegally... read more
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