Blue Bonnet Parrots | Beauty of Birds
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Distribution / Range
Naretha Blue-Bonnet Parrots (Northiella narethae) are endemic to Southern Australia . This is an endangered species (CITES II).
Blue Bonnet parrots are sporadically dispersed, socially gathering in groups of up to 30 birds.
Breeding / Mating
They permanently mate. Their courtship ritual is quite entertaining and entails fanning and shaking of their tail feathers, raising their crown feathers and a lot of head bobbing.
They nest in low-lying tree openings lined with wood substances. The average nest consists of 4 to 7 eggs, which are incubated by the female for about 22 days.
The male assists in rearing the young and feeds the female on the nest.
Diet / Feeding
The main diet consists of native grasses and herbaceous plants, as well as flower and fruit nectar.
As Blue-bonnet Parrots (haematogaster), but the plumage is generally much paler brown-grey; forehead, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's head) and area over eye greenish-blue; no red to abdomen and thighs; under tail-coverts red; bend of wing and shoulder feathers greenish-blue to pale mauve-blue; outer lesser wing-coverts orange-red; rump, upper tail-coverts, inner lesser and median wing-coverts pale olive-yellow; upperside of middle tail-feathers olive with blue tips; on average slightly smaller.
Female as male, but with slightly duller plumage; facial area duller blue; head and bill generally smaller.
Immatures as adults, but with slightly duller plumage; adult plumage attained by 12 months
These parrots average 28 cm / 11 inches in length.
Genus: Scientific: Northiella ... English: Blue-Bonnets ... Dutch: Blauwkapparkieten ... German: Rotsteißsittichen ... French: Perruche à queue rouge
Species: Scientific: Northiella haematogaster narethae aka Psephotus haematogaster narethae ... English: Naretha Blue-Bonnet ... Dutch: Naretha Blue-Bonnet Parkiet ... German: Narethasittich ... French: Perruche à anus rouge de Naretha
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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