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Photo © by Mat & Cathy
South east Queensland, Australia, August 2006
Nymphicus hollandicus


Photo © by tcollins
Pine Creek, Northern Territory, Australia, July 2008

29–33 cm (11½-13 in)

  • Grey
  • White flashes on outer edges of each wing
  • Orange cheek patches
  • Crest

Male: Yellow or white face
Female: grey or light grey face


Irregularly abundant near water in interior of Australia.

A popular cage pet so escapes may be seen world-wide.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dry, open bushland (scrub-desert), agricultural areas and parks.



Photo © by Ken Doy
SW Queensland, October 2017

They mostly forage on the ground for a wide variety of seeds, though they also cling to the stems of standing plants such as sorghum and sunflower.


They nest in a tree hollow. The clutch consists of 4-7 eggs (a single egg being laid every two days). Both parents incubate the eggs for 18-22 days. The young fledge between 4-5 weeks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Oct 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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