Re: Blue Winged Parrot

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Subject: Re: Blue Winged Parrot
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 13:34:58 +1100

I've recently sighted quite a number of, what i think are, blue winged parrots, near Geelong. However, its taken me quite some time to get an accurate ID of them due to their similarity to Orange Bellied Parrots and Elegant Parrots.

The lighting i've seen them in has made it difficult to see the blue on the wings. Sometimes it looks just dark all over, other times i've seen just a thin line towards the front of the wing,  and others it look like the majority of the wing is blue.

One distinguishing feature i've seen, that is not mentioned in my field guide (Simpson and Day) is the red markings on the rump, at the beginning of the tail feathers.

Do all three birds (blue-winged, orange-bellied, and elegant parrots) have this red rump?


P.s. After researching more into orange-bellied parrots and going out to Murtcaim near the WTP, it makes me wonder how allowing the grazing of sheep and cattle will help protect an endangered grass land parrot???
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