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19 Amaze-wing Facts About The Turquoise Parrot For Kids

Turquoise Parrot Fact File

The turquoise parrot (Neophema pulchella) is a species of parrot that is endemic to Australia. These parrots are usually found in eastern Australian regions. Turquoise parrots are one of the most colorful parrot species and are known for their bright green, yellow, blue, and orangish upper and underparts with the female being pale in comparison to the male.

Turquoise parrots occur in pairs in small groups in the wild and are found foraging the ground for seeds and insects during the day. These parrots are usually found in woodland and grassland habitats in pairs or small groups that have lots of seeds on the ground. They live in hollows of trees and lay anywhere between two to eight eggs.

They have a stable population now even though in the last century, the turquoise parrot suffered a population loss due to human interference like deforestation.

These parrots make great pets for households because they are easy to take care of. Their smart and playful nature only adds to their amazing features!

If you liked these true facts about the turquoise parrot, then you'll surely like these facts about the kea parrot and scarlet-chested parrot too.

Turquoise Parrot Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a turquoise parrot?

Turquoise parrots are a species of parrots that belong to the genus Neophema and are endemic to eastern Australia. Their population distribution can be found throughout southern Queensland, New South Wales, and the northeastern Victoria regions.

The males and females have different color patterns. The male turquoise parrot has an underpart that is bright yellow and a bright turquoise blue face with red shoulder markings. The female turquoise parrot is duller in comparison with pale green breasts, bright green upperparts, and yellow bellies with no red patch, and lacks the red shoulder. A female bird also has a small patch of turquoise on their face compared to the completely blue face of a male.

What class of animal does a turquoise parrot belong to?

Turquoise parrots (Tyrannidae) belong to the Aves class of animals. The Aves class consists solely of birds and belongs to the family of Ardeidae.

How many turquoise parrots are there in the world?

The population of the turquoise parrot (Neophema pulchella) is believed to be stable as their population distribution is found all over regions of eastern Australia. The global population of turquoise parrot birds is estimated to be around 20,00 breeding and nesting individuals.

There are however complications that might influence the population of turquoise parrots which include habitat loss due to the clearing of dead trees in woodlands and other habitats which can cause this native parrot species to find pastures new.

Where does a turquoise parrot live?

The turquoise parrot usually likes to inhabit savanna woodlands that are composed of native eucalypts or cypress trees. They use the wood dust from these trees to keep their eggs warm during the incubation period. They also inhabit riparian woodlands and forests with tall trees which they use as nesting areas during the breeding season.

What is a turquoise parrot's habitat?

The turquoise parrot species has been found throughout regions of eastern Australia, through Queensland and northeastern Victoria (East Gippsland), New South Wales, and St. George. They live in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in eastern Australia. These parrots are one of the so-called grass parakeets and their flocks can be found foraging on the ground among the grass. Grass parakeets feed on seeds, sprouts, carrots, leafy greens, and corn. These birds usually prefer habitats consisting of grassy woodland with dead trees with a water source. Their habitat range is wide due to their extensive distribution. They seldom migrate and are hence locally nomadic.

Who do turquoise parrots live with?

Turquoise parrots are usually encountered in pairs or small groups that are made up of a male and female with their several offspring. These birds can come together and form large groups that may have up to 75 juvenile male and female parrots outside the breeding season. During the breeding season, which lasts from August to January, these birds leave their flock to look for potential mates and new breeding and nesting grounds in woodland or grassland regions. The turquoise parrot follows a communal roosting behavior in autumn and winter.

How long does a turquoise parrot live?

The lifespan of turquoise parrots is usually 15 years or longer in the wild. However, as pets in captivity, the lifespan of these turquoise parrots is cut a lot shorter and many do not make it past six or seven years due to management issues as these birds may contract infections that are not present in their native range and hence succumb to illness and die prematurely.

How do they reproduce?

Turquoise parrots during their mating season, which lasts from August to January, nest in hollows of living or dead trees. The female of this species lays eggs in wood dust and additional foliage can be added to the nest in the form of leaves and grass. Most of the nest-making process is carried out by the female with the male providing little help.

After copulation, the female will lay two to eight eggs which have an incubation period of about 21 days. The females will incubate the eggs with the males attending to the chicks after they have hatched.

What is their conservation status?

Currently, the turquoise parrot is listed as a species of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. New South Wales has the largest population density of these parrots as 90% of the total population of this parrot is found in the region.

These parrots had a downward spiral in their population between 1923 and 1950 as they weren't found in Queensland and northeastern Victoria. However, between the mid-1880s and 1949, they slowly gained numbers in New South Wales in the '30s and had repopulated East Gippsland in Victoria by the '60s.

Conservation efforts put in place for the protection of this species of turquoise parrot have helped in keeping their population at a stable number, hence keeping them from coming close to being threatened.

Turquoise Parrot Fun Facts

What do turquoise parrots look like?

The males and females of the turquoise parrot species have different color shades which makes it easier to differentiate them. Male turquoise parrots have a deep-blue face with bright yellow underparts and a bright green upper tail. An orange patch is visible on the center of the abdomen and the upper breast with a bright blue shoulder.

Female turquoise parrots have a paler blue face and a pale green breast with underparts and undertail that are yellow and have a more orange patch on the center of their abdomen as compared to the males. The shoulder markings are absent in females and the upper wings have a cover paler blue shade with a pale underwings stripe.

Facts about the turquoise blue faces and body features of these parrots are amusing.

How cute are they?

These parrots with their amazing mixture of color are a treat to look at! The bright orange, yellow, green, blue color combination on the body and wings of these birds make them beautiful. They are playful and enjoy the presence of humans which makes them super cute.

How do they communicate?

There isn't much data on how these birds communicate with each other. It is, however, known that this bird makes calls that are soft with a hint of metallic notes in the calls. A high-pitched twittering sound is made when they are feeding or roosting. In cases of being alarmed, the male will make a series of high-pitched short notes, whereas the female will make a harsher sound. This turquoise blue-faced parrot species is also known to make a chattering sound in the evening.

How big is a turquoise parrot?

Turquoise parrots are small-sized and an adult will grow up to 7.8-8.6 in (20-22 cm) in height and will have a 12.5 in (32 cm) wingspan with their wings fully stretched out.

How fast can a turquoise parrot fly?

Due to data deficiency, the flight speed of turquoise parrots cannot be stated.

How much does a turquoise parrot weigh?

Turquoise parrots, like other smaller parakeets like scarlet-chested parrots, are small in size and weigh little. An adult turquoise parrot will weigh around 1-1.7 oz (30-50 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Like most parrot species, a male turquoise parrot is called a cock, and a female turquoise parrot is called a hen.

What would you call a baby turquoise parrot?

A baby turquoise parrot is called a chick. These chicks are born helpless and depend on their parents for food. In all cases, both parents take part in nesting and feeding the chicks.

What do they eat?

This little parakeet thrives on a diet of seeds, fruits, grasses, and insects. This bird spends most of its time on the ground, foraging for food in trees near its feeding places. In captivity, they can be fed commercial mixes of seeds. This diet of seeds and grass helps them live healthier lives.

Are they dangerous?

No, these parrots are not dangerous. They are docile creatures that enjoy human company as they interact and play with them.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, these parrots can make excellent pets. These birds can cost up to $200-250 from a good pet store. These birds are easy to take care of and show affection and are playful to be around. Their fun and playful nature help these birds to become a great family member. However, this bird is suited to be a solo pet bird as it will not get along with other species. The conservation of this bird is greatly taken care of by concerned authorities, hence prohibiting illegal trading in the bird market. With a proper diet and care, these birds can live longer than they can in the wild.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

Turquoise parrots are also known as turquoisine parrot and grass keet.

Turquoise parrots belong to the Neophema genus. This genus also includes the scarlet-chested parrot, orange-bellied parrot, blue-winged parrot, elegant parrot, and the rock parrot.

These parrots have an average cost compared to the cheapest parrot, the budgie which costs $10-30, and the most expensive blue parrots' species that cost above $1000!

Parrots are birds that have a long lifespan. A cockatoo, named Cookie, holds the record for being the oldest parrot at 82 years old when it passed away in 2016.

Do turquoise parrots talk?

These parrots are not known to be talkative compared to other parrot species. They make twittering noises in a melodic tone and have a soft voice. They can be taught to talk, however, the ones that do learn to talk will do so in a soft voice that is not very clear.

What are the qualities of a parrot?

Parrots belong to one of the most well-known bird families and can be found all over the world and are great pets. These birds have unique characteristics that make them stand apart from other bird families. Some of the qualities of parrots are as follows:

Parrots are intelligent. Most parrots learn fast and have an IQ that is equivalent to a four year old child. They are capable of associating objects and situations and can use tools to solve problems.

Parrots make popular pets because of their ability to imitate sounds. They can also copy environmental sounds and human speech.

Parrots are the only birds that are capable of eating with their feet. They have four toes on each foot making it easier for them to pick up objects.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our gray-cheeked thrush facts and golden-hooded tanager facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Turquoise parrot coloring pages.

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