IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

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Curiously, wild female birds with poor nest hollows will often commit infanticide on any male chicks, sparing the lives of their female chicks.


The forests of New Guinea and North Eastern Australia


Fruits, flowers & leaf buds


Can live up to 30 years in captivity

This parrot is unusual within the parrot family for it’s extreme ‘sexual dimorphism’, meaning there’s a great difference in the appearance between males and female birds.  The males have bright green plumage with a yellow and orange beak, whereas the female bird is equally bright with crimson and blue colouring and a black beak.

Unusually for parrots, they are polygynandrous, meaning the females will mate with multiple males which may explain the bright female colouration as she waits for suitors in the nest hole.


They have strong maternal instincts and can become extremely defensive of these nest holes.

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