Red-winged Parrot

Aprosmictus erythropterus

The Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus) lives in riverine forests, forest edges, acacia scrub, savanna, mangroves, and farmlands in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The diet of these parrots consists of seeds from eucalyptus, acacia, berries, flowers, and insects. Sometimes they hang upside down to eat. They spend most of their time in the trees, but occasionally come down to the ground for water and fallen seeds.

The males (as the ones in our pictures) have bright green color, black upper back, and blue lower back. The females have a more yellowish hue of green and do not have black in their upper back. Both sexes reach a length of about 30 cm. (1 ft.)

Red-winged parrots are artistic flyers. They can perform several tricks in the air.

The picture on top (male) was taken in the Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, in June 2007.

The following picture (also male) was taken at the Melbourne zoo, in January 1995.

Genus Aprosmictus
Tribe Psittaculini
Subfamily Psittacinae
Family Psittacidae
Order Psittaciformes
Class Aves
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth