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A photo of a Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus), male
Red-winged Parrot, Male

Red-winged Parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

The Red-winged Parrot, a vibrant avian species, is a medium-sized parrot measuring approximately 30 to 33 centimeters in length. Exhibiting sexual dimorphism, the males boast a striking black nape, a lower blue back, and a rump with a yellow-tipped tail, complemented by an orange bill and grey feet. The females, on the other hand, display a more subdued yellowish-green plumage with red and pink accents on their wings and a light blue lower back. Their irises are dark, contrasting with the males' lighter coloration. Juvenile Red-winged Parrots share a resemblance with the females but can be identified by their orange/yellow beaks and pale brown irises. It takes about two years for males and one and a half years for females to acquire their full adult plumage.

Identification Tips

When observing these birds, look for the distinctive bright red wings that are a hallmark of both sexes. The male's black nape and blue-tinted back are key identifiers, while the female's lighter green body and pink wing trimmings will help differentiate her from the male. The juveniles' paler beaks and irises are also noteworthy features for identification.

Habitat

Red-winged Parrots are known to inhabit a variety of environments including riverine forests, forest edges, acacia scrub, savannas, mangroves, and farmlands. They are often found in proximity to water sources.

Distribution

These parrots have a broad range extending from the Pilbara region in Western Australia to Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, and as far south as northeast South Australia. They have also been sighted in southern New Guinea.

Behaviour

Red-winged Parrots are typically seen in pairs or small flocks. They are known to frequent areas near water, which is a vital resource for their survival.

Song & Calls

The vocalizations of the Red-winged Parrot include a distinctive "ching-ching" or "chink-chink" sound, as well as a thin screeching call that can be heard across their habitat.

Breeding

Breeding behavior varies with location, but generally occurs in the spring and summer. Nests are made in hollows of trees, often around 11 meters above the ground. Clutches usually consist of three to six white eggs, with the female incubating and the male foraging for food. After hatching, chicks remain with their parents for approximately five weeks.

Diet and Feeding

The diet of the Red-winged Parrot primarily consists of seeds from eucalyptus and acacia trees, as well as berries, flowers, and insects.

Conservation Status

The Red-winged Parrot is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, indicating that it is not at immediate risk of population decline or extinction.

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