Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Red-rumped Parrots are most likely seen rising in small startled flocks when disturbed in the grassy areas in and around the suburbs. Their green colour makes them very hard to see when quietly feeding on the ground, particularly the much less brightly coloured female. However, their distinctive penetrating calls in flight draw attention.

The number of Red-rumped Parrots declined in the first 18 years of the survey but the decline has been arrested in recent years and numbers have begun to increase.

Breeding records have declined. Most are from sites close to reserves. Nesting activity was recorded from mid-September to late January, with dependent young seen from late October to late February. R=38. BR=38.