Red-winged Parrot

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.

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The Red-winged Parrot is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus), is a parrot native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. More

The Red-winged Parrot is 27 cm (12.5 inches) in height. Their wings are 183-208 mm (7.2-8.2 inches) long, the tail is 14.5 cm (5.7 inches) long, the bill is 1.9 cm (0.7 inches) long, and its tarsus measures 2.2 cm (0.9 inches). The red wings that stands out from a green body is the distinguishing feature that make this animal uniquely recognizable. More

Red-winged Parrots in the wild live in groups of about 20, pairing up into mates or family groupings inside the flock. Sometimes, they associate with Pale-headed Rosellas and Mallee Ringneck Parrots. The only time this parrot comes to the ground, is when they are drinking or retrieving fallen seeds. They are artistic flyers and can execute a number of quick aerial tricks. At maturity, the Red-wing grows to about 27 inches in length with wing lengths of about eight inches each. More

The red-winged parrot is sexually dimorphic (adult birds can be sexed visually by their physical characteristics). Mature hens and males have orange beaks, and grey legs and feet. Males: Males are mostly green, with yellowish-green on the underside of the body. The forehead through the nape has a light blue tint. The scapulars and upper part of the back is black. More

Red-winged Parrots typically breed in spring and summer but breeding times vary depending on location. In their natural habitat, they usually choose a hollow space high up in a tree. The hen lays three to six white eggs a season, which she alone incubates while the male forages for food and feeds both the hen and the young. The chicks are independent after about five weeks. More

Red-winged Parrot pair foraging in feeder © Ian Montgomery | More

Red-winged Parrots are shier than Australian King-Parrots, which makes it harder to observe them, except while in flight, when they often make themselves noticed with their piercing calls. Like Australian King-Parrots they like White Cedar fruit, but are not so exclusively specialised on this diet during the winter months. Seen by us on a trip from Narrabri to outback NSW and South Australia only out towards Bourke and Cobar, but not further west. More

Article "The Red-winged Parrot," by Vanessa Gritton Lexicon of Parrots CITES BirdLife International Internet Bird Collection xeno-canto Australasia Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998. Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992. More

The courtship display of the Red-winged Parrot is very colourful: the male circles the favoured female, then lowers his wings to expose the blue patch on his lower back, which is usually hidden. He holds his feathers close to his body and contracts his pupils. More

The red-winged parrot is sexually dimorphic, which means that males and females have different physical characteristics. The male is generally green, with yellowish-green on the underside of the body. The forehead through the nape has a light blue tint. The scapulars and upper part of the back is black. A beautiful blue covers the lower back to the rump. The name of these birds comes from the vivid red coloring of the wing coverts. The iris of the males is reddish orange. More

The above picture of a male red-winged parrot was taken at Melbourne zoo, in January 1995. Females are mostly greenish, with some red at the tips of their wings. Reaches a length of 30 cm. (1 ft.) Lives in northern Australia and New Guinea. More

The Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus), is a parrot native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. pets No red-winged parrot pets yet! pictures No red-winged parrot pictures yet! videos No red-winged parrot videos yet! owners No red-winged parrot owners yet! blogs No red-winged parrot blogs yet! This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. More

Red-winged Parrots have a five to six inch tail, which is green and usually has a yellow or light green tip in males and a pink tip in females. Their plumage is predominantly green and males have very bright green heads and necks. The backs of their heads and necks have a scattering of blue feathers. Females are a bit duller in color. More

In captivity, Red-winged Parrots will breed in either logs or boxes. Each of these should be around 1.8-2m in length with an internal diameter of around 25cm. These should ideally be positioned at a slight angle, and supplied with an internal ladder to facilitate easy entry and exit from the nest. The preferred nesting material is wood shavings. Courtship Display Like the Mulga Parrot, the Red-rumped cock settles on a perch and stretches to his full height. More

Red-winged Parrots live in southern New Guinea, eastern Australia, including New South Wales. These birds live in riverine forests, arboreal forest edges, Acacia scrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands. Red Winged Behavior: = Red-winged Parrots usually eat by hanging upside down on a branch and picking on seeds from eucalypts, acacias and hop bushes. The birds are usually chattering softly while feeding. These birds are arboreal and are rarely found on the ground. More

The Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) lives in riverine forests, forest edges, acacia scrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The diet of these parrots consists of seeds from eucalyptus, acacia, berries, flowers, and insects. Sometimes they hang upside down to eat. They spend most of their time in the trees, but occasionally come down to the ground for water and fallen seeds. More

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Order : Psittaciformes
Family : Psittacidae
Genus : Aprosmictus
Species : erythropterus
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)