The complete palette

They are common and ever-present so it’s perhaps easy to overlook the beauty of our local parrots. Here are a couple of favourites from the past week, showcasing the full palette of colours that they bring to the landscape.

RRP1

Red-rumped Parrots, Loddon River @ Newstead, 4th September 2015.

RRP2

The male Red-rumped Parrot is a striking bird.

ER1

Eastern Rosellas feeding on Romulea in the backyard at Wyndham Street, 7th September 2015.

ER2

Male Eastern Rosella.

ER3

The female is slightly smaller and less boldly coloured overall.

3 responses to “The complete palette

  1. The little red-rumped parrots blend in so well with the grass that they’re was to over look. I feel sorry for them trying to compete for nesting hollows with the larger, boisterous rainbow lorikeets that are around.
    We don’t see too many Eastern Rosellas around, but it’s always a pleasure to spot them, too.

  2. I was interested in your article about the Red-Rumped Parrot, I spent a month out on the Coopers Creek and there was a flock

    of them nesting along the creek at the crossing at Innamincka.

    They are a lot paler with none of the bright colours of the normal birds.

    I only saw them in this one area, further North than where the Mulga Parrot is found.

    I didn’t see any normal coloured ones within 300 km of them.

    Barney.

    • Thanks Barney – is it possible that you might have been seeing Bourke’s Parrot nesting at Innamincka? They are somewhat like the female Red-rump.
      Cheers, geoff

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