The Mallee Ringneck Parrot (Barnardius zonarius barnardi) is a sub-species of the Australian Ringneck. It is a medium-sized bird in the Psittaculidae family of parrots.
The Mallee Ringneck Parrot is green with a yellow ring around the back of its neck. Its head is bright green with a dark-green strip from its eye to the back of its neck. Its back, rump and wings are blue to green. Its chest is bluish-green to turquoise green with a yellowish band across its abdomen. Its broad tail is green and blue. It has a light beige beak with a red frontal band.
It grows to 33 centimetres (11 inches) tall.
It is native to Australia. It is mainly found in eastern and southern Australia. It has adapted to many habitats, except tropical and highland areas. It particularly likes eucalypt woodlands.
The Mallee Ringneck Parrot is diurnal, active during the day. It can be resident (staying in one location) or nomadic (moving to different locations to find food).
It eats fruit, seeds, and insects.
The Mallee Ringneck Parrot nests in the hollow of a tree trunk. The female lays 4-5 eggs.
[Location of photograph: Adelaide, Australia]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM