Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella)


French: Perruche turquoisine German: Schönsittich Spanish: Periquito turquesa

Psittacus pulchellus


, 1792,

New South Wales, Australia




SE Australia from inland SE Queensland S to NC Victoria.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 37–44 g. Forehead and face blue, shading to green on mid-crown and most upperparts; underparts from throat yellow, with vague orange tinge on belly; inner lesser... read more


Calls include single and double high-pitched tinkling notes such as “tseee!” and “tsink-tsink”.... read more


Open forest, woodland, native grassland, with marked preference for ecotones between open and... read more

Food and feeding

Generalized diet consisting of seeds, flowers and fruit of both native and introduced plants including grasses, composites, other herbs and... read more


Aug–Dec, with one area producing records also in Apr–May, presumably second broods. Nest in hollow in tree (Eucalyptus... read more


Apparently mainly sedentary but with local post-breeding dispersals and irregular local movements... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A dramatic decline to near-extinction occurred 1880–1920, attributed to the effects of habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Turquoise Parrot (Neophema pulchella). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).