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  Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster)





Blue Bonnet | Northiella haematogaster photo
Blue Bonnett in the Cocoparra National Park (near Griffith), NSW, Australia.

Image by David Cook Wildlife Photography - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BLUE BONNET FACTS

Description
The Blue Bonnet is a grey-brown parrot with blue face and throat (It does not have blue on top of the head as the name suggests). The wings arte yellow, red and blue. There are three different races with different wing colours (combinations of red, yellow, blue and green) , and different colour of belly (red or yellow). However, all races have blue faces and are brownish above.

Size
27 - 35cm

Habitat
open woodland, scrub, mallee, saltbush, grasslands, farmlands, roadsides

Food
seeds of grasses, shrubs and trees, herbaceous plants, nuts, berries, fruit and vegetable matter. Also insects and insect larvae

Breeding
nests in hollow limb or trunk of eucalypt or casuarina. Lays 4-7 white eggs on decayed debris.

Range
interior Australia below the tropics from Queensland to Western Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Northiella
Species:haematogaster
Common Name:Blue Bonnet