- Red-winged Parrot
name = Red-winged Parrot
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
genus = "
species = " A. erythropterus"
binomial = " Aprosmictus erythropterus"
binomial_authority = (Gmelin, 1788)
The Red-winged Parrot ("Aprosmictus erythropterus"), is a
parrotnative to Australiaand Papua New Guinea.
The Red-winged parrot is typically about 30 to 33 cm (12-13 in) in length. Both genders have bright red
wings and a bright green body. The male birds have a black nape, lower blue back and rumpwith a yellow tip on their tail, an orange bill and grey feet. The female birds on the other hand have a yellowish green body and the wings have red and pink trimmings on their wings. Also distinguishing the females are a dark iris and the lower back is a light blue colour. Juvenile parrots resemble females in colouration and it take males two years and females a year and a half to develop adult plumage.
Distribution and habitat
Their range is from the
Pilbara, Western Australiato Cape York Peninsula, Queensland(to be seen almost all over Queensland) and as south as northeast South Australia. They are occasionally spotted in Papua New Guinea. These birds inhabit riverine forests, forestedges, acaciascrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands. They are seen often in pairs or flocks near water.
Their diet typical consists of seeds from
eucalyptus, acacia, berries, flowers, and insects. The birds' call are "ching-ching", "chink-chink" or thin screeching.
The birds typically breed in spring and
summerbut breeding times depends on their location. A hollow space in a tree usually acts as nestfor breeding with a height of 11 metres from the ground. Generally, three to six white eggs are laid per season, the eggs being 31 millimetresin length. The female incubates while the male searches for food. The chicks stay with their parents for about five weeks. It has been hybridised with the Australian King Parrot.Fact|date=April 2008 The hybrid is fertile and breeds true to form. Fact|date=April 2008
*Pizzey and Knight, "Field Guide to the Birds of Australia", Angus & Robertson, ISBN 0-207-19691-5
* [http://www.honoluluzoo.org/red-winged_parrot.htm Red-winged Parrot at Honolulu Zoo]
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