Blue-winged Parrot

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Habitat: Coastal, Wetland, Desert, Woodland, Urban, Grassland


The Blue-winged Parrot inhabits a range of habitats from coastal, sub-coastal and inland areas, right through to semi-arid zones. Throughout their range, they favour grasslands and grassy woodlands. They are often found near wetlands both near the coast and in semi-arid zones. Blue-winged Parrots can also be seen in altered environments such as airfields, golf courses and paddocks.


Many aspects of the movements of the Blue-winged Parrot are poorly understood. There is a definite passage of Blue-winged Parrots to and from Tasmania after breeding each year, leaving in March to April and returning in August to October. Some birds, however, over-winter in Tasmania or on the Bass Strait islands.


Pairs or small parties of Blue-winged Parrots forage mainly on the ground for seeds of grasses and herbaceous plants.


Blue-winged Parrots breed in Tasmania, coastal south-eastern South Australia and southern Victoria. They form monogamous pairs and make their nests in a tree hollow or stump, preferably one with a vertical opening. The eggs are laid on a bed of decayed wood. Their clutch size is 4 to 6 eggs. The female alone incubates the eggs (20 days), leaving the nest at intervals to be fed by the male, but both parents feed the nestlings, the nestling period is 35 days. Breeding season is from October to February.