TURQUOISE PARROT FACTS
The male Turquoise Parrot is bright green above, with a turquoise blue crown and face. The wing has a blue band around the bend of the wing, and a brick-red shoulder patch. The underside is yellow. The female is duller with a white around the eye and no red on the wing. Older birds of both sexes may have orange underparts. (The female looks very similar to female Scarlet-chested Parrot but has less blue on the face). Immatures are like female but duller.
open, grassy woodland with some trees, coastal heaths and pastures
seeds, flowers, nectar, fruits, leaves and scale-insects.
nests in tree-hollows. The eggs are laid on decayed wood-dust. Lays 4-5 eggs.
south-eastern Queensland, through New South Wales to eastern and north-eastern Victoria
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The Turquoise Parrot was thought to be extinct in the wild by 1915, but a few survived and population began to recover, although it is considered vulnerable in New South Wales, and threatened in Victoria. They used to be caught in large numbers for the cage bird industry, and were also shot for food.
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Relatives in same Genus
Orange-bellied Parrot (N. chrysogaster)
Blue-winged Parrot (N. chrysostoma)
Elegant Parrot (N. elegans)
Rock Parrot (N. petrophila)
Scarlet-chested Parrot (N. splendida)