Customers often ask us what the beautiful birds are that frequent our trees in the front garden; it’s the Red Winged Parrot.
At the Ice-Creamery we are lucky enough to have a little flock that stay with us year round. They like to come in the garden when it’s cool so if it’s overcast we often have them all day. On hot days they appear in the morning and afternoon; leaving during the midday heat. There are about 5 males to 15 females and around June/July their babies appear and we often hear them feeding their young in the garden; it’s quite a treat to witness. In the picture to your right, the male bird with his vibrant feathers is pictured in front, while the paler female sits behind.
The 2 photos here were taken at Emerald Creek Ice-Creamery by Sandy C Photography. If you would like to see more of her gorgeous work go to her Facebook page: Sandy C Photography.
Where do they live?
Red-winged Parrots are widespread in northern and eastern Australia and are also found in southern New Guinea and Irian Jaya.
Red-winged Parrots are found in open, dry woodlands, timber-lined watercourses and arid scrub and sometimes in mangroves.
Red-winged Parrots feed on seeds, nectar, pollen and blossoms, insects and larvae. They forage in the canopy on outer branches of flowering trees and shrubs. They occasionally come to the ground to drink or to eat fallen seeds.
Red-winged Parrots breed once each year. Eggs are laid in the hollow trunk of a tall tree, often near the ground. The nesting tree is usually close to water. The nest site may be a long way down from the entrance, which is high in the tree. Only the female incubates, leaving the nest to feed or to be fed by the male.