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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.
Panasonic lumix DMC-FZ35 Gore Gardens September 2011 New Zealand
The male Turquoise Parrot is bright green above, with a turquoise blue crown and face. A brilliant two-tone blue band around the bend of the wing contrasts with a dark, brick-red shoulder patch. Its underparts and tail edges are a rich yellow. The female is similar, but not as bright, with a whitish facial mask, no red on the wing, and a pale wing stripe. Old birds of both sexes may have orange underparts. The Turquoise Parrot is similar to the Scarlet-chested Parrot, Neophema splendida. It is the females which could most easily be confused, as the males are more distinctive. The female Scarlet-chested Parrot has a more extensive cobalt-blue face than the female Turquoise Parrot.
The Turquoise Parrot is found from south-eastern Queensland, through New South Wales to eastern and north-eastern Victoria. The range was formerly more extensive.
The Turquoise Parrot favours open, grassy woodland with dead trees near permanent water. It also inhabits coastal heaths and pastures with exotic grasses and weeds, along roadsides and in orchards.

Did You Call Out My Name?

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

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
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Did You Call Out My Name?

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful capture Andrea … and one gorgeous little bird itis as well!!!

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Sharon

    – AndreaEL

  • seeya
    seeyaabout 3 years ago

    Lovely captures showing the gorgeous colors, Andea. What a beautiful world you live in! Sandy

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Sandy. It sure is a beautiful world.

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful image. The colors are so beautiful and you captured lovely detail.

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Brenda

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    so beautiful xx

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • M-A-K
    M-A-Kabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTY !

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Adnan

    – AndreaEL

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    Look at those beautiful feathers,,,,love this wonderful photo and write-up about the pretty bird,,,,, Rick

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Rick

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

    What wonderful colours Andrea – he looks quite small, similar to a big budgie. Great capture !

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Roy. The are just a little bigger than a budgie, a small parrot.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 3 years ago

    What a beautiful bird! You are so lucky to see these flying around. I would only see such a colorful little bird in a cage.

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Dot. These are in an Avery at the Gore gardens.

    – AndreaEL

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful parrot.

  • Your wonderful comment is greatly appreciated thank you Judy

    – AndreaEL

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