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Greater Bluebonnet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Eastern Bluebonnet

Photo © by Mike Bouette
Stuart Highway, South of Alice Springs, Australia, July 2009
Northiella haematogaster


27-35 cm (10½-13¾ in)

  • Grey-brown
  • Blue face and throat
  • Yellow, red and blue wings (varies according to race)


Males vary among subspecies in some having yellow belly, others having more red; pallescens is generally a pale form.
Females of all subspecies are duller than the corresponding males. Flight feathers are blue, outer tail feather blue and white.

Subspecies haematogaster
Photo © by Mike Bouette
South if Broken Hill, New South Wales, September 2016


Only south of the tropic of capricorn in Australia: found in New South Wales, Queensland , South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.


Naretha Bluebonnet was formerly considered conspecific with this species.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • N. h. haematogaster:
  • N. h. pallescens:
  • N. h. haematorrhoa:
Subspecies haematorrhoa, Red-vented
Photo © by Ken Doy
Peak Hill, New South Wales, July 2019


Open woodland, not always near water.



The diet includes insects and larvae, also grass, shrub and tree seeds, herbaceous plants, nuts, berries, fruit and vegetable matter.


They nest in hollow limbs or trunks. The clutch consists of 4-7 white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. ozanimals

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