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I'm Poised...I Won't Blink!!!! -Turquoise Parrot - Dunedin - Otago - NZ by AndreaEL

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The genus Neophema is an Australian genus of broad-tailed parrots with six or seven species. They are small parakeets with a more or less dull green basic color with some contrasting colorful patches, and are commonly known as grass parrots. The genus has some sexual dichromatism, males having more and brighter color patches. There are 6 or 7 species:
Blue-winged Parrot, Neophema chrysostoma
Elegant Parrot, Neophema elegans
Rock Parrot, Neophema petrophila
Orange-bellied Parrot, Neophema chrysogaster Turquoise Parrot, Neophema pulchella
Scarlet-chested Parrot, Neophema splendida. Depending on the author, Neopsephotus bourkii (Bourke’s Parrot) may also be considered a member of this genus. Sometimes the broad-tailed parrots are considered a subfamily. In this case, Neophema and Bourke’s Parrot are united in the tribe Neophemini. mtDNA sequence data (Miyaki et al. 1998) suggests that the former may be correct, but the latter almost certainly isn’t. Rather, it appears, the group would need to include more closely related forms, such as the budgerigar and the Pezoporus ground-parrots.

The Turquoise Parrot, Scarlet-chested Parrot, and Elegant Parrot are all commonly raised and bred in captivity with a number of unusual colour forms arising. The members of this genus are not altogether easy to keep, being tender birds that may die without apparent cause, succumbing to mobbing by more robust aviary mates or diseases. This has hampered captive propagation efforts, e.g. in the case of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot. They are certainly not “beginner’s birds” and will usually not thrive if they are not provided with a spacious aviary where a small flock can be kept in company of a few other small and harmless birds. It is possible to keep a pair or a single bird in a cage, but they will be sluggish and unhealthy if they are not let out to fly and socialize with humans frequently. Trade in wild-caught specimens is strongly restricted; in any case, these should be rejected because they are extremely tough to accustomize to aviary conditions. It is usually impossible, even for expert aviculturalists, to keep wild-caught birds alive for more than a few months. Captive-bred birds of several species are available, and these are far more hardy, though inexperienced aviculturalists should avoid them nonetheless.
The Dunedin Garden Avery’s have a wonderful selection of birds, it is always a pleasure to wonder around and see all the magnificent colours. This chap has a beautiful Turquoise eye – opaque, blue-to-green to match his plumage. A little soft focus applied in Picassa
Panasonic lumix DMC-FZ35 Dunedin Gardens Otago Southland 2011

I’m Poised…I Won’t Blink!!!! -Turquoise Parrot

Did You Know I’m A Plum Head?!!

Would You Like A Bite? – Moustached Parakeet

It’s On The Tip Of My Tongue! – Macaw

I’ll Skip The Double Scoop & Just Have The Cone!! Thanks – Kaka

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Great shot of this gorgeous bird Andrea! Love the colours.

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Joyce, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonover 3 years ago

    Another beauty!! Fantastic shot :-)

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Dorothy, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottover 3 years ago

    lovely bird, lovely shot

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Robert, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    Great shot of this beautiful bird.

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    so gorgeous xx

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Lynn, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    What a gorgeous little bird. So beautiful. Love those colors.

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Bunny, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    How pretty, awesome colors and capture!

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Tina, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 3 years ago

    Beautiful bird shot Andrea, gorgeous colours!

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Kerry, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    Stunning colours of this beautiful bird really make him stand out Andrea – well captured !

  • Thanks so much for your lovely kind comment Roy, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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