Red-winged parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

The Red-winged Parrot is widespread in northern and eastern Australia  where it may be observed feeding on seeds, nectar, pollen and blossoms, insects and larvae. They forage in the canopy on outer branches of flowering trees and shrubs. They occasionally come to the ground to drink or to eat fallen seeds.

They are mainly found in open, dry woodlands, timber-lined watercourses and arid scrub and sometimes in mangroves in pairs or small flocks. Their flight is distinctive, with deep, full strokes and a light and airy quality, pausing on each stroke.

 A medium-sized, stout parrot the male is bright lime green with a black back and deep blue rump. The tail is green with a yellow tip. The bill and eye are red and the legs are grey. The female is similar, but with a smaller wing patch and dark green back and a paler rump.

Breeding season is July to January,  eggs are laid in the hollow trunk of a tall tree located near water. The entrance to the nest hollow will be located high in the tree, but the nest will be low to the ground inside the hollow. The female incubate the eggs, being fed by the male or she may leave the nest for short periods in order to feed.    

Lifespan is approximately 30 years in the wild