Elegant Parrot
Neophema elegans

Elegant Parrot



Description “Elegant Parrot”

21 - 24 cm.. length between 40 and 51 g. of weight.

The Elegant Parrot (Neophema elegans) is very similar to the Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma), but its plumage It is brighter and more yellowish especially in the chest.

The crown is olive-green with a front band in dark blue tone and a distinctive and fine light blue on the rear margin. Lords bright yellow; the face Yellow olive.

The the mantle and back are olive green, staining in yellow tones in the area of the rump. The bend of wing they are blue. The wing-coverts more internal are olive green, the median pale blue tips, the large coverts with edge them in blue malva; the primary coverts in blackish shades with margins of violet-blue. The primaries black, with edges in blue violet dark; the secondaries greenish-yellow colour with external margins of blue color in the outermost zone.

The wing feathers blue-violet color. Throat and chest of yellowish-green, becoming bright yellow in the belly and in the undertail- coverts, sometimes with orange patches among the legs. Upper, the tail greyish blue, darker towards tip, Yellow lateral feathers with darker bases.

The bill black; irises dark brown; legs grey.

The plumage of the female is olive green opaque.

Immature females they are similar, except the line of the forecrown It is barely visible.

The adult plumage WINS in three or four months.

Habitat “Elegant Parrot”:

The Elegant Parrot It is a nocturnal migratory bird. It is the least specialized of its kind. It attends the nearshore or coastal dunes, wooded grasslands and Shrublands, areas of Mallee that have the appearance of large shrubs and plots of eucalyptus.

You can also see in the shrubs of Acacia, in areas of low altitude provided Acacias (Acacia caesiella) or fitted with bushes of the salt Plains Saltbush Atriplex. They especially appreciate the groups of trees that are cleared up areas.

Outside the breeding season, the Elegant Parrot they form large flocks, often in association with the Blue-winged Parrot, in the Southeast. Gather in the grasslands and scrub areas to feed on seeds or native or imported herbs.

These parakeets are partially nomadic, above the outer limits of its range. Local low-intensity movements can also occur. These birds nest in Kangaroo Island, from November to April. After this last month, they move to the Mainland to form their winter quarters.

Reproduction “Elegant Parrot”:

The Elegant Parrot They nest from August to November. Usually install their nest in a cavity in a tree at high altitude. They often use the highest branches of isolated trees. Spawning is composed of 4 or 5 eggs incubation lasts a few 18 days. The chicks are altricial and they leave the nest after one month.

Food “Elegant Parrot”:

The Elegant Parrot they are almost exclusively vegetarian. Their menu consists of clover, sunflower seeds or plants of the type Helianthus, Trifolium and paspalum. Also appreciate the Berberis (Jeffersonia diphylla) and barberry (Berberis vulgaris).

Distribution “Elegant Parrot”:

There is a two morphologically identical populations but well separated, Although the species is nomadic so the birds can appear outside the normal range sometimes.

In the Southwest the species is found to the West of a line from the surroundings of Esperance on the southern coast of the North of Western Australia through Merredin until Moora on the Northwest Coast.

Have spread through the wheat belt areas more dry northeast and are now in the vicinity of Perth, as well as occasionally North of Point Cloates and the Fortescue River.

In the Southeast are distributed in the South of Southern Australia, on Eyre Peninsula, on Kangaroo Island (present in summer), and in the districts of South, about Port Augusta, Port Wakefield and about Adelaide, in the Lofty Mountains, reaching northward in the northern most part of the Montes Flinders.

The species is irregular East of 140 ° E, with few records from New South Wales, North of Riverina to Paroo River; is also irregular in the Northwest of Victoria.

The population of the Southwest It is growing, While in the Southeast feel stable even though the species is generally less common and its historical distribution area is not easy to determine because of the possible confusion with the Blue-winged Parrot.

The world population is estimated over of 30.000 individuals.

Conservation “Elegant Parrot”:


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Growing

According to the Manual of the birds of the world (HBW), This species is not threatened globally. It is common, especially in the southwest of Australia.

Until the Decade of 1930, It grew, After the use of clover in pastures.

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, but the species, According to sources, It is common. (pit et to the. 1997). It is estimated that it may be around the 30,000 specimens.

"Elegant Parrot" in captivity:

The Elegant Parrot they belong to a species that are obtained very good results in reproduction. Are also suitable for fans to the parrots.

They are peaceful birds that make it very low noise. They are a little shy, but they become confident with time. They are easy to maintain but they have the need to crack, a little bigger, than other species of neophemas, without the destruction of your Aviary. Your bathroom need depends on the individual. Are heat-resistant, but they are very sensitive to cold and wet mist.

To the Elegant Parrot He loves to dig the ground and is therefore susceptible to infection by worms. They are also sensitive to eye infections.

Alternative names:

Elegant Parrot, Elegant Grass-Parakeet, Grass Parakeet, Grass Parrot, Yellow Lowry (English).
Perruche élégante (French).
Schmucksittich (German).
Periquito-elegante (Portuguese).
Papagayo Elegante, Periquito Elegante (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Neophema
Scientific name: Neophema elegans
Citation: (Gould, 1837)
Protonimo: Nanodes elegans

Images “Elegant Parrot”:

Videos "Elegant Parrot"


“Elegant Parrot” (Neophema elegans)


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


(1) – Elegant Parrot in the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany By Quartl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – By Goura – Elegant parrot Perth, WA, Australia – ZooChat
(3) – Elegant Parrot Neophema elegans – animalphotos
(4) – Elegant Parakeet (Neophema elegans) at Walsrode 2007 by Maguari – ZooChat
(5) – Stirling Range Retreat, Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia, Australia (Monotypic species) by Clive Nealon – Lynx

Sounds: Mark Harper (Xeno-canto)

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