French: Perruche mélanure German: Bergsittich Spanish: Perico regente
no locality = New South Wales; error, now replaced by Bolgart, c. 40 km north of Toodyay, south-west Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. a. anthopeplus
(Lear, 1831) – SW Australia.
P. a. monarchoides
Schodde, 1993 – interior W part of SE Australia (SE South Australia, SW New South Wales and NW Victoria).
40 cm; mean 114 g. Bill pinkish red; head pale yellowish olive, shading to dark olive on mantle, back and scapulars; underparts, rump and lesser and median wing-coverts... read more
Commonest vocalization is a rolling, grating “currack”, typically repeated by all members of a... read more
In SE Australia, flooded-zone Eucalyptus woodland and adjacent arid mallee scrublands,... read more
Food and feeding
In SE of range formerly fed extensively on seeds of native hops Dodonaea attenuata and D. viscosa, now much reduced by... read more
Aug–Jan, also May. Usually in small loose colonies of up to 67 pairs; of 57 nests in one study, 45 were within 150 m of another nest... read more
Northward post-breeding dispersal in SE Australia, while in SW there is evidence of seasonal (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Now very uncommon in SE Australia, retreating before clearance of mallee for agriculture, but abundance in fact initially increased in SW... read more
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