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Neophema splendida

4 Scarlet-chested Parrot at Hughes, ACT

Neophema splendida at Hughes, ACT - 15 Jul 2019
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Identification history

Neophema splendida 13 Jan 2020 natureguy
Neophema splendida 13 Jan 2020 RyuCallaway
Neophema pulchella 24 Jul 2019 ruthkerruish

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4 comments

Liam.m wrote:
   13 Jan 2020
Looks like a Male Scarlet-chested Parrot
natureguy wrote:
   13 Jan 2020
Male Turquoise and Scarlet-chested Parrots look very similar from behind and without a clear view of the chest it is difficult to be confident. I would still say it is more likely Turquoise because it would be very out of range for a Scarlet-chested. However someone in the vicinity may have an aviary so could be an escapee. Plumage does seem somewhat more like a Scarlet-chested Parrot though.
   14 Jan 2020
Looking in my book I'm inclined to agree with Liam. No red on shoulder which a male turq should have. Would have to be assumed an escapee. Good pick up :)
natureguy wrote:
   14 Jan 2020
After re-looking at the issue I have to agree because I didn't actually notice the lack red on the shoulder. Also seems to have a bluer face than Turq. Parrot. The location would also be very odd for a Turq if it was a wild one. Almost certainly an escapee. Thanks to Liam for picking up on this.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Non-local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 15 Jul 2019 12:00 AM Recorded on
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