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  Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)





Mulga Parrot | Psephotus varius photo
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) Currawinya NP, SW Queensland, Australia

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Mulga Parrot | Psephotus varius photo
Mulga Parrot, on the track from Cobar to Louth NSW, Australia

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MULGA PARROT FACTS

Description
Male Mulga Parrots are brilliant green with paler green coloring on their lower breast. The underside is yellow with orange-red markings on belly and thighs. The males have a red patch on neck and yellow forehead. Females are olive green with a brownish-green breast and green underside. They have a dull red patch on their neck and the forehead is orange-yellow. Immature Mulga Parrots are similar to adults but duller colours.

Size
27cm

Habitat
mulga scrubland, saltbush plains with trees, treed river banks

Food
grass seeds, plants, and other plant seeds, berries, fruits, and green vegetable

Breeding
Four to five white eggs are laid on decayed debris in a tree hollow. Nest may be near ground in a low tree, or taller tree near water course.

Range
interior of southern Australia



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Psephotus
Species:varius
Common Name:Mulga Parrot

Relatives in same Genus
  Golden-shouldered Parrot (P. chrysopterygius)
  Hooded Parrot (P. dissimilis)
  Red-rumped Parrot (P. haematonotus)