Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 131 - Red-Rumped Parrot

This small and not uncommon parrot is a common sight on grassy roadside verges, sports ovals and cricket grounds.  Roadside are never the easiest places to take pictures and sport ground offer too little cover for the advancing photographer.

As a result I don't have too many pictures of this species.  Equally, their love of tall grass and of perching on open exposed branches means that even when I do get close to some they are often hard to photograph.

As a result I was rather pleased to find one being a little more cooperative than normal on the same day as I found last weeks Frogmouths.

This bird sat for a brief while on a low branch and I managed to get off a couple of pictures before it flew off.


As you can see it is rather good looking!

Its name -  Psephotus haematonotus - refers to a red ('bloody') back rather than to its rump.  And if the truth be told, the 'red-rump' is not always that obvious, and is only found in the male.

This next shot is more typical of how I think of the bird - sitting on a branch after bursting from the shadows of the long grass!


The bird on the RHS is the female.

Now its over to you.  Click the Blue Button and off you go.  SM

45 comments:

Kevin and Janet Shaw Seizethedayrvadventures said...

Their colors are vibrant. Beautiful Birds!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, what a great sighting. It is a beautiful parrot. Wonderful shots.. Thanks for hosting, have a happy day!

Andrew Fulton said...

Lovely little birds to see...

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of parrots, Stewart.
They have beautiful colors.
Best regards, Irma

Carletta said...

Yes, a very good looking bird!
Nice captures Stewart!

TexWisGirl said...

how beautiful! sweet to see these bright birds!

Andrea Priebe said...

No red rump to be found and the poor little female is rather drab, but I will bet that, if Nature is true to itself, she rules the roost :) I love this beautiful parrot ... blues and greens are my favorite colors and the touch of yellow really sets it off. Not sure a red rump would add anything anyway :) Nice shots, Stewart ... would love to have parrots flying in my trees. Guessing it will never happen. Have a great week ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sylvia K said...

Love your bright, colorful birds, Stewart!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

Marie said...

Oh, these are gorgeous birds, Stewart! Odd they like open grasslands since they are so colorful! Seems they would want to hide more. Lovely shots!

Sorry I got behind with you....trying to catch up this morning! :-)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

One day I'll upgrade to a longer lens, so I can get shots like that. Sigh.

Nora said...

How wonderful to be able to see this little bird with all the colors.

Revrunner said...

So wonderfully colorful.

Karen said...

Such intense colour on the male, gorgeous!

DesertHen said...

Beautiful colors in that little bird! Nice that you were able to get a good shot of it!

bas said...

prachtig wat een kleur.

Neil said...

You were lucky to get both the male and female together like that.

Linda W. said...

That is one pretty bird! Lucky you, sighting one that cooperated for photographs.

DeniseinVA said...

What a splendid little bird Stewart. You have taken lovely photos of him.

Lee said...

We certainly do have many stunning birds in this country, a few of which like to hang around here on the property where I live...thankfully. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Such beautiful bright colors! A gorgeous bird to see.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful colors!

Margaret Adamson said...

I think I only ever saw these birds once while in Australia so if is lovely seeing them today on your blog. Thanks for hosting.

Brian King said...

What a beautiful bird! I love the long tail!

Susan said...

Hi Stewart, such a pretty little bird! Gorgeous colours.
I'm not a contributor this week, just popping in to admire :D)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was a good day of birding! Boggles my mind to think of something this lovely being an ordinary roadside feeder.

Thank you for hosting, as always!!

Lois said...

Gorgeous bird! So glad you were able to get some good shots.

Stuart Price said...

Nice to find a bit of a scarce one.................

pattisjarrett said...

You have some of the most colorful birds over there. I'm so glad to be able to see them, thanks to blogging platforms. This one is really pretty.

Small City Scenes said...

Kind of a pretty bird.
MB

Jo said...

What a great sighting! It's quite a long thin parrot. Thanks for hosting this meme. Greetings, Jo

Arija said...

I've never managed to get one off the ground yet. Even on short grass they are no breeze to get a good shot of as their heads are well anchored in the ground.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Such soft coloring! Glad they gave you a nice photo op.

Mary Cromer said...

Well is so often the case the male of this species certainly has it big time over the female for the colourful plumage handed out~

A Quiet Corner said...

I love it when birds strut their stuff in the open and this one is beautiful!...:)JP

Bethany Carson said...

What a beautiful and very colorful bird!

Phil Slade said...

It's hard to judge the size of this one Stewart.Like you say though, it's certainly very colourful.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You got some wonderful shots of this beauty!

Susan (ABON) said...

These birds are incredibly vibrant and colorful. Thanks for sharing, Stewart!

Linda said...

Very colorful parrots! Glad you got their pictures.

Dave said...

its always a joy to see birds of the Parrot family. These are as pretty as ever.

Valerie said...

Love those Puffins in your header Stewart! ... and I can see I need to be more diligent about visiting WBW which showcases a delightful array of birds from around the world. Clearly I'm a bit slow off the mark as this post is #131, but well done for hosting and thank you.

Breathtaking said...

I can't believe I missed commenting on your post,... but I did.:( So sorry Stewart!

These are gorgeous birds. A treat to see their beautiful colours. The photo of them sitting side by side is sweet.

Have a good weekend!

Hannah said...

Such a beautiful deep green on the parrot, I like your shots, it must be wonderful to live in a place with so many special birds.

Naquillity said...

such beautiful coloring and beautiful shot. hope all is well. have a great day~

NatureFootstep said...

a very beutiful parrot :)

Thanks for hosting this meme :)