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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

Near-lateral view of a male(?) Swift Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a male Swift Parrot - note the scarlet undertail coverts (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a male Swift Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Swift Parrot - note the salmon-pink undertail coverts (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Near-frontal view of a female Swift Parrot
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Lateral view of a female Swift Parrot - note the salmon-pink undertail coverts (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a female Swift Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a female Swift Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Swift Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Frontal view of a Swift Parrot hanging from a branch (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Juvenile Swift Parrot 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]

Ventral view of a juvenile Swift Parrot climbing to the tip of a twig
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

 

Swift Parrots are often seen together with various types of lorikeets.

Food, Diet

Apart from nectar, Swift Parrots also feed on lerps.

Lateral view of a male Swift Parrot feeding on the nectar of Swamp Mahogany
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Swift Parrot feeding on nectar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

Swift Parrot feeding on nectar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Dover, TAS, September 2021]

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

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

swiftp_me_20210919.m4a (S TAS) Contact calls © ME
swiftp_me_20210919_2.m4a (S TAS) Contact & feeding calls (flock) © ME
swiftp_aa_20180925.m4a (ACT) Various (flock) © AA

More Swift Parrot sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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