Saturday, 25 August 2012

Red-rumped parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)

After several stormy, wet days, the garden is looking green,  the weeds are healthy (to be fair,  so are the vegetables) and there are signs of spring.  I have seen cabbage moths,  wanderer butterflies and even feral birds are looking at nest sites.
I was out looking for butterflies when the noise from the tree with the nest hole was loud.  There are now a pair of Red-rumped parrots looking into the hole.  The female has had her head stuck in there for quite some time....
... while the male hangs around squawking and shaking his tail intermittently...  

Eventually,  he turned around to show his red rump....

The female is described as being "olive green with a green rump" in my bird book, and this one certainly looks like that....
 This is the tree that I thought seriously about cutting down.  It is too large for my yard.  However,  so many of the big trees around here have been removed, nesting places must be becoming hard to find.  The tree will have to stay.


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