Blue-winged or Orange-bellied Parrot?

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Subject: Blue-winged or Orange-bellied Parrot?
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 16:45:34 +1000
Hi All,

Whilst on our recent Tasmanian trip I was fortunate to see a male Orange-bellied Parrot at Melaleuca, where a breeding program for this species is underway and took some shots, one of which can be seen at:

A couple of days earlier whilst birding in coastal heathland at Strahan I also digiscoped some small parrots which I thought (at the time) were Blue-winged Parrot, although now the question has been asked "Why aren't they Orange-bellied Parrots? The male definitely showed an orange abdomen but I was told that this could apply to either species, also at the time I would have said that these birds were about 20cms long but this is just a guess. One of the volunteers at Melaleuca also told me that it should also be possible to see OBP at Strahan, but didn't elaborate much on this.
Pics of these 2 birds can be seen on:

I'm sure there are birders from the southern states who are far more familiar with these species than I, so I would welcome any feedback as to their identity,
I look forward to your comments,
Tom Tarrant

Tom & Marie Tarrant
Lot 10 (137) Watson Rd
Samsonvale, Queensland 4520


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