Sunday, April 4, 2010
Bird of the Week: Turquoise Parrot
This beautiful little parrot can be found in grassy woodlands from southern Queensland to northern Victoria. They are generally found in pairs feeding quietly on the ground or occasionally in small groups. Breeding takes place in the warmer months and the nest is usually found in a tree hollow or similar (fence post). They raise 3-5 young. Their call is a sweet, high pitched 'tink'.My first encounter with this species was in the rocky, cypress covered hills in the far western Hunter Valley. I generally find them to be common around Munghorn Gap, Borah TSR and the Capertee Valley. Fairly easy bird to pick out on jizz alone, with their size and bright yellow tail edgings being excellent give aways.