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Naretha Bluebonnet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mike Bouette
Kanandah Station, near Naretha, Western Australia, Australia, 19 September 2019
Northiella narethae


  • Blue forehead
  • Buff flecks on breast
  • Olive upperparts
  • Yellow belly with red undertail-coverts
  • Red outher lesser wing-coverts

Sexes similar, females are duller than males and with blue flight feathers.


South-eastern Western Australia (Nullarbor Plain) to south-western South Australia


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Greater Bluebonnet.


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.


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  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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