The luxurious barraband parrot (Latin Polytelis swainsonii) is a bird of the parrot family.
Lives in Southeast Australia. There are two populations of these parrots, one inhabiting the southeast of Australia, and the other (with more pronounced green plumage) in the west of the country.
Body length 40 cm, tail 20-22 cm. Plumage bright green. The throat, chin, cheeks and forehead are yellow, along the throat there is a wide transverse red stripe. The color of females is dimmer, they do not have a red stripe on the throat. The beak is red or red-yellow. The iris is orange.
There are 4-5 eggs in a clutch, which are incubated by a female. After 3 weeks, chicks appear. At the age of seven weeks, they fly out of the nest, but for another 14 days they need feeding by their parents.
Inhabits eucalyptus forests growing along river banks, as well as gardens and parks. Excellent flyers, covering large areas in search of food. Quite peaceful, quiet birds. They are able to speak.
The diet consists mainly of seeds of herbs and herbaceous plants, fruits, berries, nectar, buds, flowers, grains.
At present, the reduction of habitats (cutting down of eucalyptus trees, first of all) has led to a reduction in their number to less than 5,000 individuals.
Luxurious barraband parrot and man
These beautiful parrots are popular with nature lovers. There are still few of them in our country, but Western amateurs easily breed them in open-air cages or large cages. Taken young, parrots are easily tamed and learn to speak a few words, whistle simple melodies and imitate the voices of birds and animals.