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Viewing platform upgrades for Rocky Cape's Aboriginal heritage sites

13/02/2018

Two viewing platforms have been replaced as part of visitor facility improvements at Rocky Cape National Park on the North-West Coast. The platforms are at the Lee Archer Cave and South Cave sites, which have highly significant Aboriginal heritage values.More

Urban focus for World Wetlands Day

01/02/2018

'Wetlands for a sustainable future' is the theme for World Wetlands Day 2018. This international celebration of the significance of wetland environments is held annually on 2 February.More

Stage Three of Three Capes Track complete

29/01/2018

Stage Three of the award-winning Three Capes Track has now been completed. The Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff lookout tracks have been upgraded to a class 3 dry boot standard track consistent with the existing Three Capes walks.More

Blue-Winged Parrot, Neophema chrysostoma

The Blue-winged Parrot is similar to the Orange-bellied Parrot. It is generally the same size (210-230mm) and shape, but the green of the upper parts are more olive than bright green. The blue patch on the wing is very much larger and covers almost half the width of the wing.

A yellow facial patch extends back to the eye and a narrow, dark blue band runs from eye to eye across the forehead. The female is slightly duller than the male.

Habitat

It occurs in grassy woodland, heathland and grassy paddocks.

Diet

The Blue-winged Parrot feeds in pairs or small groups on the ground among grasses.

Breeding

Blue-winged Parrots make their nests in a tree hollow or stump. Four to six eggs are laid.  The female alone incubates the eggs, leaving the nest at intervals to be fed by the male. Both parents feed the nestlings.

Blue-winged Parrots move to and from Tasmania after breeding each year, leaving in March to April and returning in August to October. Some birds over-winter in Tasmania or on the Bass Strait islands.

Call

The 'alarm' calls of the Blue-winged Parrot are much less harsh than those of the Orange-bellied Parrot, more of a tinkling call. The flight call is a double syllable call, 'sl-eet'.
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Distribution

The Blue-winged Parrot is found in the southeast of the Australian mainland, particularly in Victoria. Sparse populations also in western New South Wales extending into eastern South Australia and south-west Queensland.

In Tasmania, the species is common in some areas throughout the island, including Narawntapu National Park. In southwest Tasmania it is the Orange-bellied Parrot which is most likely to be seen - the Blue-winged Parrot is quite rare. Elsewhere in the State the Orange-bellied Parrot is far rarer than the Blue-winged Parrot.