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Re: Blue Winged Parrot
"Lawrie Conole" <>
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.
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