Mulga Parrot
Male Foraging
Ellura
Mulga Parrot
Male Preening
 
    
Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Parrots (Psittaciformes)
Family: Parrot (Psittaculidae)
Species: Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius)
This Photo:     Male Eating Zygophyllum

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 © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Aug-2012
This species is classed as NT (Near Threatened) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)