26-May-10

Red- rumped Parrot

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         The Red- rumped Parrot which can be also known as the Red- Backed Parrot or Grass Parrot, has its origins in the south- eastern Australia, particularly in the Murray- Darling Basin.

         The Red- rumped Parrots are described as slim, elegant and moderate- sized birds which has approximately 28 cm in length. The color of the male`s plumage is bright emerald- green with yellow under parts, a brick –red rump and blue highlights on the wings and upper back, while the female`s color of plumage is not as vibrant as the male`s, with pale olive under parts, dull green wings and back and blue- black wingtips.

         The Red- rumped Parrots live in pairs or flocks in open country with access to water. This species can be seen in suburban parks and gardens. Their green plumage help them to camouflage. In this way, they can not be recognized , as you may think that it is grass. Another very interesting thing is that they can hide quite effectively until the viewer is only 10 to 20 meters away.

         The Red- rumped Parrots spend in general a great deal of time feeding on the ground and frequently they can call to one another with a captivating chee chillip chee chillip. Like many parrots , Red- rumped Parrots nest in tree hollows or similar places, adding fence posts and stumps.

         The Red- rumped Parrots lay between 4 to 6 white eggs. Breeding usually takes place in spring, nevertheless , in the dryer inland areas, breeding may appear at any time of the year in response to rainfall. The lifespan is between 15 to 20 years if they are properly cared.

         The Red- rumps Parrots are breed easily in captivity if provided with necessary flight space and with a large nesting box. The nests are usually built from peat and wood shavings by the breeders and the birds like to arrange the beds to their likings.

         As soon as mating has happened , the parrot will place between 4 to 7 eggs which it will brood for about 20 days. The red rumped- parrots will mot go out of the nest box whilst on eggs and not even human checking will make them leave their eggs alone. The eggs will hatch around 30 days after and take care to take away the parrots as soon as they are fledged or else the male will attack his own offspring.

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