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ParrotNeophema pulchella  

2 Turquoise Parrot at Namadgi National Park

Neophema pulchella at Namadgi National Park - 29 Jan 2017

Identification history

Parrot Neophema pulchella 1 Feb 2017 ChrisDavey
Parrot Neophema pulchella 1 Feb 2017 ChrisDavey
Parrot Psephotus haematonotus 31 Jan 2017 RyuCallaway
Parrot Neophema chrysostoma 31 Jan 2017 OllieOrgill

Significant sighting

  2 Feb 2017

This is a vulnerable woodland bird across NSW, with sightings in the ACT only being a rare occurrence.

5 comments

Jenjen wrote:
   31 Jan 2017
My new favourite!
   31 Jan 2017
RyuCallaway, yep there is some similarities with a red rumped, but the colouration would suggest otherwise. It's almost certainly a Neophema and there looks to be too much blue on the wing, and not enough blue on the face to be a turquoise.
   31 Jan 2017
Hi Ollie,
Thanks for the note. Having had another closer look as well as comparing it with images online I think you may be right (initially I had only consulted the field guide). Unfortunately the neophemas are not a group of birds I am familiar with so will leave this for Chris Davey to confirm. This would be an exceptional record for the ACT.
ChrisDavey wrote:
   1 Feb 2017
Hi Ollie,

This is a Turquoise Parrot, unusual for the area. According to Joe Forshaw (local international parrot expert) the bird is a juvenile female The pale lores is the key feature. Good record, and it seems that Turquoise Parrots are turning up a little more regularly in and around the ACT. I have recorded the species at the Kama Nature Reserve but that was a few years ago now. Chris
   1 Feb 2017
Great - thanks for that Chris

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 29 Jan 2017 8:52 AM Recorded on
  • OllieOrgill Recorded by
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