Friday 12 May 2017


The red-rumped parrot (Psephotus haematonotus), also known as the red-backed parrot or grass parrot, is a common bird of south-eastern Australia, particularly in the Murray-Darling Basin. Red-rumped parrots are slim, elegant, moderate-sized parrots approximately 28 cm in length. The male's plumage is a bright emerald-green with yellow underparts, a brick-red rump and blue highlights on the wings and upper back. The female's plumage is less vibrant, with pale olive underparts, dull green wings and back and blue-black wingtips. The characteristic red rump is only found in the male.

Here they are seen roosting on a rather bare tree where they are quite conspicuous. They are much better camouflaged on the grass where they spend most of their time foraging for food, as you can see in the last photo. These are taken in the Darebin Parklands in suburban Fairfield.

This post is part of the Skywatch Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal,
and also part of the Weekend Green meme,
and also part of the Scenic Weekends meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the My Town Shootout meme.


  1. So beautiful birds. What a paradiese, where they are living wild. Sometime, when the cat has lost us... we want to have a parrot here in our home.
    Have added your link in WG#8, that was the post under the first. Well, a little unfortunate (but another blogger has invited me to his party and I made just a new post)

  2. We don't have wild parrots where I live, so I am always happy to see them on other's blogs!
    Have a great week-end!

  3. A great find with so many colorful parrots! We don't have here so colorful birds... Happy weekend!

  4. I think it would be so much fun to come across a bunch of parrots in a tree. Sort of magical!

  5. Saturday was such beautiful weather..... no wonder the ducks and the red-rumped parrots were out in the trees and lakes, preening themselves.

  6. So love the intense colours of these guys. They look so striking together.

  7. Beautiful. Esp the contrast between male and female in the last photo.

  8. We don't have them either so I loved seeing them in Australia.

  9. Hello, it is neat to see these pretty parrots in the wild. It is much better than seeing in cages. Great photos!

    I am still running a little behind visiting my critter links! Thanks so much for linking up, have a great new week ahead!

  10. I always love seeing the diversity in your part of the world. These are some great shots!


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