Regent Parrot
2 Flying Overhead
Ellura
Regent Parrot
Eating Beyeria opaca fruit
 
    
Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Birds (Aves)
Order: Parrots (Psittaciformes)
Family: Parrot (Psittaculidae)
Species: Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)
This Photo:     A Flock of 17, 14 in photo

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
A beautiful parrot (similar in size to our Ringnecks) with the males being golden yellow. Females & juveniles are olive green. They have very dark blue (almost black) wings (with red patches) and tail that contrasts starkly with the yellows & green. Like a cherry that tops off a fruit salad; they have a large red beak.
It is believed we only get the males & immatures here, as the males forage for food to take back to the nesting females. They travel here in a creche in the morning, returning to their nests in the afternoon. This year (Nov, 2018) the've been returning in the PM as well, we've had a drought so perhaps struggling to find enough food
Due to our observations & photos, Beyeria opaca has been added to their food list.
Normally only visiting from October, due to the very wet summer/autumn we saw them in May this year (2014).
We've looked at the food they eat. They seem to eat the green nuts, with dried ones readily falling off the bush with their feeding disturbance. We also found some green fruit on the ground where the nut wouldn't come out, so assume they were too green. Very few dried shells on the ground, most were whole, indicating they don't try the dry fruit very much. When we opened this dry one, it was VERY tough and hard to open, perhaps too much for the parrots.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Dec-2012
This species is classed as EN (Endangered) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)