Red-winged parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

The red-winged parrot , is a parrot native to Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Red-winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus central queensland gemfields these beautifully coloured parrots are related to the king parrot usually seen in pairs or just booting through the forest a fast low flyer, flashing their red wings as they go, only coming to ground to drink but being into berries flowers and insects will happily feed nearby for a good photo op! Aprosmictus erythropterus,Australia,Geotagged,Red-winged Parrot,central queensland,gemfields

Appearance

The red-winged parrot is typically about 30 to 33 cm in length. Both sexes have bright red wings and a bright green body. The male birds have a black nape, lower blue back and rump with a yellow tip on their tail, an orange bill and grey feet. The female birds on the other hand have a yellowish green body and the wings have red and pink trimmings on their wings. Also distinguishing the females are a dark iris and the lower back is a light blue colour. Juveniles have orange/yellow beaks and pale brown irises, and otherwise resemble females in colouration. Males develop adult plumage at about the age of two years and females at the age of about a year and a half.
Red-winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus  central queensland gemfields
these beautifully coloured parrots are related to the king parrot, usually seen in pairs or just booting through the forest a fast low flyer, flashing their red wings as they go, only coming to ground to drink but being into berries flowers and insects will happily feed nearby for a good photo op! Aprosmictus erythropterus,Australia,Geotagged,Red-winged Parrot,central queensland gemfields

Distribution

Their range is from the Pilbara, Western Australia to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland and as south as northeast South Australia. They are occasionally spotted in Papua New Guinea. These birds inhabit riverine forests, forest edges, acacia scrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands. They are seen often in pairs or flocks near water.
Red-winged parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) female Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, WA. Aug 23, 2015. Aprosmictus erythropterus,Australia,Geotagged,Red-winged parrot,Winter

Habitat

Their range is from the Pilbara, Western Australia to Cape York Peninsula, Queensland and as south as northeast South Australia. They are occasionally spotted in Papua New Guinea. These birds inhabit riverine forests, forest edges, acacia scrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands. They are seen often in pairs or flocks near water.

Reproduction

The birds typically breed in spring and summer but breeding times depends on their location. A hollow space in a tree usually acts as nest for breeding with a height of 11 metres from the ground. Generally, three to six white eggs are laid per season, the eggs being 31 millimetres in length. The female incubates while the male searches for food. The chicks stay with their parents for about five weeks. It has been hybridised with the Australian king parrot. The hybrid is fertile and breeds true to form.

Food

Their diet typical consists of seeds from eucalyptus, acacia, berries, flowers, and insects. The birds' call are "ching-ching", "chink-chink" or thin screeching.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittaculidae
GenusAprosmictus
SpeciesA. erythropterus
Photographed in
Australia