Re: Blue Winged Parrot

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Subject: Re: Blue Winged Parrot
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 13:39:33 +1100
> 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. 

Try looking at Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) - I think
you'll find that to be your bird.  There are Blue-wings around though,
so don't be discouraged!

> 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??? 

OBPs actually feed mostly on a range of introduced pasture weeds on the
mainland as far as I can recall.  Down in Tassie they forage in
heathland and buttongrass sedgeland (rather than grasslands).  They seem
to be at least slightly flexible in terms of dietary intake.


Lawrie Conole
Senior Ecologist
Ecology Australia Pty. Ltd.
Flora and Fauna Consultants
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