Also known as:-
Superb Parrot, Scarlet-breasted Parrot, Green Leek
Mostly green, nape has slight bluish tinge, yellow on forehead, throat
and cheeks; red on chest, slight blue on primary feathers; underside
of tail blackish, bill reddish; iris orange-yellow; grey feet.
Female: without the red and yellow plumage; green-grey in chin
and throat, thigh yellow-orange, iris yellow. Youngsters like female
with brown iris; young males attain adult plumage at about 6 to 9
Length: Fifteen inches (40 cm).
Distribution: The parakeet is found in the interior of New
South Wales and northern Victoria, Australia.
Habitat: Found in forests - along water courses, enjoys bushland
with eucalyptus; grassland with trees and plentiful water supply.
Wild Status: These parakeets were fairly common but are becoming
more endangered due to the destruction of their natural habitat through
Aviculture: Fairly quiet parakeet needing a sheltered flight,
they soon acclimatise and become hardy. Several pairs can be
kept either together in a large flight or in neighbouring flights.
These parakeets are very prone to feet problems and eye infections,
often due to stress. They also need regular worming.
Accommodation: Outside flight: 15 x 3 x 4.6 ft (5 x 1 x 1.5m),
an adjoining shelter should be provided for these parakeets.
Natural Diet: Grass seeds, seeds, berries, fruit, nuts, thistle,
flowers and nectar, may forage for dropped grain in harvested fields.
in Aviculture: Breeding
usually begins in March. Male will often display holding his head
high and nodding, extending wings and fanning tail. Clutches usually
4-6 eggs (incubation around 20 days) with female brooding alone.
Breeding in captivity is achieved regularly; with youngsters fledging
between 35-50 days before becoming fully independent. Young can
be taken from the nest at 3 weeks old for spoon feeding and weaning.
These young make good pets but must be handled daily to keep them
hand tame. Like all birds they need fuss. They also require flying
time outside their cage, which should be monitored.
Typical Diet: a
variety of fruit and vegetables, a good seed mix containing safflower,
oats, canary seed, groats, assorted millets, hemp and sunflower.
Suitable minerals and supplements from time to time.
As a Pet:
This small parakeet is very attractive and make good pets, they
have several whistles. They can be a little quiet and shy at times.
need to be taken out of the cage daily for fuss and exercise. As
with all pet parrots it's important to buy one as young as possible
preferably a week or two after weaning, the best pets are handreard.
Make sure that the breeder/pet shop that you are intending to purchase
from is reputable.