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Scarlet-chested Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Digging down to find cool sand to roost in
Photo by Wompoo Dove
South Australia, February 2009
Neophema splendida


19 cm (7½ in)

  • Bright green upperparts
  • Blue face
  • Scarlet foreneck and centre of breast
  • Orangey-yellow lower underparts and undertail
  • Blue upper wing coverts
  • Green central tail feathers
  • Black bill
  • Brownish-grey eye


  • Blue on face is paler
  • Blue lores
  • Green breast
  • Pale blue upper wing coverts
  • Varying amount of pale underwing stripe
  • Dark grey bill

Similar Species

Turquoise Parrot


Interior of southern Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Dry mallee-mulga scrub.



The diet consists of grass and herbaceous seeds, fruit, blossom, fruit and flower buds, and insects.


They breed generally from August to January. They lay 3 - 6 white eggs in a tree hole. The clutch is incubated by the female for approximately 18 days. The young fledge approx 4 weeks later.


  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 August 2015)
  3. All About Parrots

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