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Red-capped Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Peter Ericsson
Dryandra, Western Australia, October, 2005
Purpureicephalus spurius


Length: 36cm (14 in)

  • Red forehead, crown and nape
  • Yellow cheeks and throat
  • Purplish-blue chest
  • Llight-green back
  • Yellow rump and upper tail coverts
  • Red flanks, vent and under-tail
  • Long bright green tail with blue edges with blue and white tip
  • Brown legs and eyes

Female: duller with more green on the flanks and under-tail. The red-cap may be tinged with green and the chest colour less vivid.

Photo by Tiger1
Albany, Western Australia, January 2014


South-Western Western Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Cultivated farmlands, parklands, orchards and alongside roads and watercourses.



Photo by Tiger1
Albany, Western Australia, October 2015

Their diet consists mostly of eucalypt seeds.


The clutch consists of 4-5 eggs which are incubated by the female for 20 days. The female is fed by the male during the incubation period and continues for another two weeks. The nestlings are fed by the male until fledging at 5 weeks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
  3. birdkeepinginaustralia.com

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