Red-winged Parrot

Red-winged Parrot (male) in aviary, Pinnaroo

Red-winged Parrot (male) in aviary, Pinnaroo

I have never seen this beautiful species in the wild. The Red-winged Parrot is certainly one parrot on my “must see” list. The major reason for never having seen one in the natural environment is that its normal distribution covers large parts of northern Australia, most of Queensland and parts of NSW, areas I have yet to visit. That needs to be corrected in the near future.

This bird, a male, with a female behind it in the photo, was photographed in an aviary next to the Pinnaroo Caravan Park in eastern South Australia. I had trouble taking the photo because of the wire netting making up the aviary, so I’m pleased it turned out quite nicely.

The Red-winged Parrot is widespread throughout its range. Its preferred habitat includes grassy woodlands, timbered watercourses, dry scrubs and sometimes mangroves. It feeds in the foliage of trees on blossoms, on seeds and insects. It will sometimes feed on seeds on the ground. It nests in a tree hollow, often near water.

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9 Responses to “Red-winged Parrot”

  1. Eileen says:

    Colorful Parrots and a nice photo!

  2. Reini Duelberg says:

    I am on groote Eylandt at present, and numerous pairs of these loveley RED WINGED parrots are presently on the island, 29th April 2011

  3. Trevor says:

    Thanks for the kind words Eileen.

  4. Trevor says:

    Hi Reini,

    Thanks for visiting my site and for leaving a comment. They are beautiful birds indeed. I guess that you get to see plenty of wonderful birds on the island. I’d love to visit there someday.

  5. mohammad says:

    i have a red wing parrot and its tamed

  6. Linc says:

    Just came back from an awesome camping trip at Cania Gorge. I hand fed a wild red wing three days in a row. He had two females with him. Where can I get a pair of these?

    • Trevor says:

      This site is mostly about birds in the wild. I don’t have any experience in keeping birds, or buying and selling them.

      You could try a search term like “buy red wing parrots” or search a site like

      Red winged parrots are not common in captivity as far as I know, so expect to pay over $500 for a pair, if you can locate a pair for sale. You will also need a licence to keep them, as far as I know.

  7. Allan Newman says:

    These Lovely Parrots have started coming into our yards here in Quilpie Qld over the past few weeks.
    I have never seen them before and so took a few Photos of a small group of Males and females feeding in my yard.

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