The Hooded Parrot breeds only in open woodland and savanna in Arnhemland (N Territory, Australia). The male is turquoise blue with a black head, yellow shoulders, grey back and greenish blue-bronze tail feathers edged with white. The female is olive green with pale blue below.
This parrot excavates its nest in a termite mound, where the female lays two to four white eggs. The Hooded Parrot seems to have a relationship with a moth, the larvae of which feed on the nestlings waste and are thought to keep the nest-cavity clean. These parrots feed on seeds, berries and vegetables.
The above picture was taken at the zoo of Toledo, Ohio, in August 2003.
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