French: Perruche à oreilles jaunes German: Gelbwangenrosella Spanish: Perico carigualdo
Temminck & Kuhl
Albany, south-western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. i. icterotis
(Temminck & Kuhl, 1820) – coastal and subcoastal SW Australia.
P. i. xanthogenys
Salvadori, 1891 – interior SW Australia.
25–26 cm; 52–80 g. Bill whitish; head and underparts red except for ear-coverts and face below eye yellow, and some green barring on flanks; nape, mantle and... read more
Flight call is a loud, lively “kweenk” or “kwee-kweek!”. When perched also repeats a series of... read more
Open forest, tree-lined cereal fields, riverine growth such as jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and herbs, with birds visiting stubblefields to pick up grain; fruits, berries, flowers of E. marginata, coating... read more
Aug–Dec. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, commonly in salmon gum (E. salmonophloia) and wandoo (E. wandoo).... read more
Generally sedentary, but in Moora district birds arrive in Dec to breed and depart in Jun–Jul.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Relatively common and has benefited from clearance of closed forest. However, numbers may be naturally depressed by Barnardius zonarius... read more
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