Red-rumped Parrot
Female
Ellura
Mulga Parrot
Immature Male
 
    
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Parrots (Psittaciformes)
Family: Parrot (Psittaculidae)
Species: Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
This Photo:     HOLLOWS ARE IMPORTANT

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Male, tending his nest.
Without tree hollows, mulga's (& others) would die out. Tree hollows can take hundreds of years to form. Significant tree "guidelines" (not legislation) only address trees of more than 1m circumference. Mallee trees have nodules larger than this, and their "trunks" are actually branches. So this puny "trunk" is not considered "significant" by any legal assessment. But it's considered bloody important to our wildlife!

STOP CUTTING DOWN TREES


General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Chatty colourful birds which nest in mallee tree hollows.
Iridescent aqua-green with red & yellow highlights, and intense blue wings.
Females are duller than the males, having a red "shoulder". Males have a yellow "shoulder"
Juveniles are distinguished by a lack of yellow above the beak (forehead), and are generally duller.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Jul-2014
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)