Princess Parrot

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Common Name: Princess Parrot
Scientific Name: Polytelis alexandrae

Size: 13 ¼ - 18 inches (34-46 cm)

Habitat: Australia; Found through the interior. It inhabits arid woodland and scrub with spinifex, eucalypts, and acacias.

Status: Near Threatened. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Seeds of grasses and shrubs.

Nesting: The male also has a coral-red beak, while the female's is duller and has a greyish crown. Another difference is that the male has an orange iris, while the female's is much browner. In addition, the male of the species has a longer, projecting extension from the end of the 3rd primary (flight) feather on each side. This projection is called a 'spatula' or 'spatule". It appears in mature male birds.

Four to six white eggs are laid which are incubated for 19 days. The chicks leave the nest about 35 days after hatching.These parakeets are truly opportunistic breeders, with pairs choosing to nest when food is plentiful. They nest in a hollow in a eucalypt or desert oak.

Cool Facts: This species is nomadic, arriving in small groups to breed and then disappearing. It is one of Australia’s least known parakeets although it is spread across the interior of Australia.

They are unusual among parrots in engaging in mobbing behavior against predators.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume I

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