Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius barnardi) - Exotic birds | Pets

Posted by pets | 13 May 2015

- Barnardius barnardi

Mallee Ringneck


Of 35 cm.. length between 105 and 143 g. of weight.

Two species in the genus were traditionally recognized Barnardius, Barnardius zonarius and Barnardius barnardi, but both hibridaban in the contact area and are currently considered a single species.

The Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius barnardi) have predominantly green plumage, Crown and sides of the head of bright green, with cheeks lightly tinted blue color and a small red band across the forehead. The neck is olive brown color with a yellow ring around its back.

The lower area of the back is dark blue. The chest and abdomen are turquoise blue, separated one from the other by a transverse band of yellow color which is more or less wide. The curvature of the wing shows a blue-green color that overflows on the mantle.

The great coverts are yellowish-green. The side are pale blue, In contrast to the covers and primary that are dark blue.

The lower part is blue. The upper part of the tail is dark green, its central feathers spiked blue and pale-tipped blue external.

The peak is whitish grey. The narrow orbital ring is solid grey. The iris is dark brown and the legs grey.

The female It has colors more muted than your partner. Back and lumbar area show a dark greenish gray color. The underside is grey, with a more or less visible clear band.

The immature with even more muted than females colors. They have neck and back of the Crown of brown color. Blue cheeks are often more developed. The back and tail are greyish green. The band under wing tends to be visible.

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Subspecies Barnardius barnardi
  • Zonarius barnardius barnardi: (Vigors and Horsfield, 1827) The nominal species
  • Barnardius barnardi whitei: (Mathews, 1912) Of 35 cm.. length. It has feathers off, especially the chest and abdomen where the turquoise color is absent. Female plumage more clear than the nominal. Is believed to be a hybrid of the Barnardius Zonarius with the Barnardius Barnardi.
  • Barnardius barnardi macgillivrayi: (North, 1900) Of 33 cm.. length. More small, more pale, with the greenish-yellow forehead more pale and with clear bright blue hue on the cheeks and below the headphone feathers. Broad band of yellow on the abdomen.

The Parakeets Barnard they are mainly sedentary, but there may be some moves to small scale in response to climate change.

The species occupies the arid areas of mallee composed almost exclusively of Eucalyptus gracilis. Also found in shrubs of Acacia and Cypress and in a wide variety of very similar habitats.

The species living in the areas of the North has a clear preference for the rubber Red (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) It covers temporary streams and shows a more arboreal lifestyle.

The species is generally less common in populated areas and in the more humid regions. Large flocks are more rare to observe; pairs or small groups are the usual social units.

Less bold and curious that the Australian Ringneck, Although the two species share habits, diet and cortejo similar.

The Mallee Ringneck they have been recorded feeding in company of the Yellow Rosella, Pale-headed Rosella, Red-rumped Parrot and Bluebonnet.


During courtship, the male shrugs, causing the wings to vibrate slightly.
Like most other species of parrots, the Mallee Ringneck they have as a practice gnaw and chew wood, whether to put his personal stamp on his favorite tree, or to enlarge the cavity entrance. This activity allows them to keep their beaks in good condition.

The nest is usually in a hollow tree, and usually four to five eggs make up the implementation, deposited on a base of wood decaying waste.

In the North, the breeding season tends to be governed by climate, and the nesting coincides with the end of the wet season planting.

In the South, playback starts in July or August and the season can be extended until January with a second litter. Incubation lasts around 20 days and is carried out by the female.

The young birds leave the nest after 5 weeks, but remain in the household with his parents for a while.


The Mallee Ringneck they are mainly vegetarians, they feed on seeds – Melon seeds (Cucumis myriocarpus), bitter melons (Citrullus lanatus), fruits of the tree of the tobacco (introduced), fruits, nectar and flowers. Its menu is complemented by insects and larvae.


The Mallee Ringneck they are distributed through the interior of the East Australia, to the West of the Great dividing range, with a practically isolated population in the Northwest of Queensland, stretching across the border of the Northern Territory, along the Nicholson River, in the North, and reaching Glenormiston, and western part of Queensland, in the South; its eastern limit is around Kynuna.

The the Northern subspecies meets the nominal species in the region of Range Forsythe, and extends to the South, with its eastern running border near Barcaldine, Mitchell and Goondiwindi, and in New South Wales.

To the South extends East through Moree, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga to get up to Kerang in Victoria.

In the West, the species is dispersed through of Western Queensland to the region of Cooper Creek of South Australia around Innamincka.

In New South Wales, is located to the West of the basin of the Darling river, about Broken Hill.

Distributes lengthwise of the Murray River, and in Victoria It extends through the Northwest corner to the South, until around Edenhope.

In the southeast of South Australia ranges through Naracoorte and Mount Lofty Ranges in Port Augusta and the Montes Flinders, where is integrated with the Australian Ringneck; the two species are also more North.

Getaways birds have been registered in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Subspecies B distribution. barnardi
  • Zonarius barnardius barnardi: (Vigors and Horsfield, 1827) The nominal species
  • Barnardius barnardi whitei: (Mathews, 1912) Flinders Ranges, South Australia
  • Barnardius barnardi macgillivrayi: (North, 1900) This, Territory of the North and Northwest Queensland

• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Growing

The species is considered common throughout its range.

The world population is estimated at around 500 000 individuals and it seems stable.

However, seems less able to adapt to the changes that have occurred in the habitat that the Australian Ringneck.

In captivity:

The Mallee Ringneck It is appreciated as a pet, but the birds in captivity are relatively few.

Una muestra vivió 17,9 years in captivity. According to some sources, these animals can live up to 31,6 years in captivity, but this has not been verified.

More common in Europe and Australia; not so much in the United Kingdom or United States.

It is initially a shy and nervous bird, Although soon it acclimatizes caregiver. Bonding with a partner to do when both birds are young, adults don't usually live in harmony. Aggressive with other parrots.

Alternative names:

- Mallee Ringneck, Mallee Parrot, Mallee Ringneck Parrot, Ringneck Parrot (ingles).
- Perruche de Barnard, Barnardius barnardi, Perruche cloncurry (francés).
- Barnardsittich, Barnard Sittich, Barnard-Sittich (alemán).
- Periquito-de-Barnard (portugués).
- Perico de Barnard (español).

Scientific classification:

- Orden: Psittaciformes
- Familia: Psittaculidae
- Genus: Barnardius
- Nombre científico: Barnardius barnardi
- Citation: (Vigors & Horsfield, 1827)
- Protónimo: Platycercus Barnardi


Mallee Ringneck (Barnardius barnardi)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
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