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12

Swift Parrot

(Lathamus discolor)
Alternate name(s): "Red-shouldered Parrot", "Swift-flying Parakeet", "Swift-flying Lorikeet"
Size: 23-26 cm
Weight: 45-75 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Swift Parrot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Adult male(?) Swift Parrot feeding on the nectar of a Swamp Mahogany tree
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Slightly different posture
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

One can also approach the same flowers like this...
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of an adult female(?) Swift Parrot
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Seen from above, even adult Swift Parrots - although so colourful - can appear almost entirely green
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

This Swift Parrot, with very little red in its face, is an immature bird
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

The same Swift Parrot as shown above, now reaching for a twig with a half-eaten leaf, possibly to pick lerps from the underside of the leaf
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Here an immature Swift Parrot seen climbing to the tip of a twig
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

 

Often seen together with various types of lorikeets.

Food, Diet

Apart from nectar, Swift Parrots also feed on lerps.

Swift Parrot licking nectar; it appears that this young bird does quite know yet which flowers/buds contain nectar and which don't...
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

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