Regent Parrot Click to enlarge image
Regent Parrot Image: David Cook
creative commons

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    anthopeplus
    Genus
    Polytelis
    Family
    Psittacidae
    Order
    Psittaciformes
    Class
    Aves
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    Up to 43 cm.

Large, slim, mostly yellow, long blue black tail, yellow shoulder patch, red bill.

Identification

A large, slim parrot with a long, dusky tapering tail and back-swept wings. Males are mostly yellow, with blue-black wings and tail. There is a prominent yellow shoulder patch and red patches in the wings which show up against the dark wings in flight. The bill is deep red or pink. Females and juveniles are duller olive-green with pinkish, duller wing patches.

Habitat

The eastern population is found in woodland, mallee and floodplain Eucalyptus camaldulensis. The western population is found in open forest and woodland, especially Salmon Gum, E. salmonophloia.

Distribution

South western New South Wales.



Seasonality

The declining eastern population is reliant upon remnant mallee patches near their tree hollows. Movement of the birds is poorly understood, but it is considered nomadic or resident, probably linked to the availability of water.

Feeding and diet

Its diet consists of seeds of grasses and cereal crops, especially wheat. It also eats buds and flowers, insect larvae, psyllids and lerps. It forages in pairs or small parties, usually on the ground, but also in the canopy of trees or in spilled grain on the ground.

Communication

Its call is a loud and harsh 'carrak, carrak', but it also makes soft twittering contact calls.

Breeding behaviours

Females incubate their eggs in nests in hollow branches or holes in large old or dead trees near water. The males feed the females during incubation.