Neophema splendida (left: male; right: female)
The Scarlet-chested Parrot is endemic to central South Australia and inland southern Western Australia. Only the male has a scarlet chest. Both sexes have blue head, and yellow underbody.
These parrots feed on the ground on seeds, fruits, and flowers. They are hard to spot in the wild; they have soft calls and they fly low keeping close to cover. They nest close to the ground (but may be as high as 8 m) within small mallee eucalypt or Mulga trees.
The picture of the male, on the left, was taken at the zoo of Cincinatti, Ohio, in July 2002.
The picture of the female, on the right, was taken at the Brookfield Zoo of Chicago, Illinois, in August 2004.
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