Red-rumped Parrot

The Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), also known as the Red-backed Parrot, Red-winged Parrot, Crimson-winged Parrot, Blood-winged Parrot or Grass Parrot, is a species of bird commonly found in south-easternAustralia, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin. This bird can be found in open country with access to water. It avoids coast and wetter, denser timber regions. Sometimes this bird can be seen in suburban parks and gardens.

The Red-rumped Parrot is about 11 inches in length and is slim. The male is a bright emerald-green with yellow underparts, a red rump and blue highlights on the wings and upper back. The female is less vibrant, with pale olive underparts, dull green wings and back and blue-black wingtips. The red rump is only found in the male. The green plumage of this bird is such good camouflage in some grasses, that this bird can hide quite effectively from anything more than 30 to 50 feet away. The call is an alluring chee chillip chee chillip.

Like many other parrots, this species nests in a tree hollow or similar place, including fenceposts and stumps. Breeding usually takes place from August to January. In drier inland areas, breeding can occur at any time of the year in response to rainfall. Despite having a long tail, which is a sign of an arboreal (bird of trees) bird, this species spends a lot of time on the ground feeding.

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