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:

  1. Their colors are vibrant. Beautiful Birds!

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

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

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

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  5. how beautiful! sweet to see these bright birds!

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  6. 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

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

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  8. 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! :-)

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

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

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  11. Such intense colour on the male, gorgeous!

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

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

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

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

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  16. 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. :)

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  17. Such beautiful bright colors! A gorgeous bird to see.

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  18. 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.

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  19. What a beautiful bird! I love the long tail!

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

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  21. 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!!

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

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

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  24. 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.

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

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  26. 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.

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

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  28. 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~

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

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  30. What a beautiful and very colorful bird!

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

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  32. You got some wonderful shots of this beauty!

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

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  34. Very colorful parrots! Glad you got their pictures.

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

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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!

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  38. 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.

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

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  40. a very beutiful parrot :)

    Thanks for hosting this meme :)

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