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  Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)





Superb Parrot | Polytelis swainsonii photo
Male Superb Parrot - note the yellow throat

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Superb Parrot | Polytelis swainsonii photo
Female Superb Parrot

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SUPERB PARROT FACTS

Description
The Superb Parrot is an elegant long-tailed parrot. The male has a yellow throat. The female is more plain green

Size
40cm

Habitat
inland forests and woodlands, pastures

Food
seeds, fruit, berries, nectar, flowers and insects.

Breeding
nest in deep hollows or hollow limbs in large trees along watercourses. Lays 3-6 eggs in wood dust at the bottom of the hollow

Range
south-eastern Australia. It is found in the Riverina area of New South Wales and Victoria, and, in winter, in northern New South Wales.

distribution map showing range of Polytelis swainsonii in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Polytelis
Species:swainsonii
Common Name:Superb Parrot

Relatives in same Genus
  Princess Parrot (P. alexandrae)
  Regent Parrot (P. anthopeplus)