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September 19

Redrumpuary – Citizen Science with Rob Ashworth

MEET THE

Red-rumped Parrot

Psephotus haematonotus

Widely distributed and familiar parrot, common over much of south-eastern Australia


Listen to the podcast episode

If the name fits...

Why are they called Red-rumps?

Distribution



iNaturalist distribution records for Red-rumped Parrot

The Red-rumped Parrot is widely distributed oover the south eastern corner of the Australian mainland, and has adapted very well to the opportunities that suburbs have afforded the species.

It can commonly be seen feeding in the open spaces of parks, playing fields, road verges, median strips and naturestrips.


The species is equally at home in woodlands, as long as open spaces are available for feeding.


Red-rumped Parrot feeding on the ground.

  • it can be quite difficult to notice a pair or small group of Red-rumps feeding in open space, as they are usually quiet, and blend in extremely well.
  • When disturbed, they will fly to somewhere safe, perhaps a tree branch, a powerline, or the top of a fence. When they feel it is safe, they will quickly return to the same spot. If the cause of the distubance doesn't move off, the pair or group will move off to better feeding opportunites nearby.
  • The female red-rump generally selects the nesting hollow for the pair.

A pair of Red-rumped Parrots at a nesting hollow.

Gorgeous pair of Red-rumped Parrots


Watch the conversation between Robert and Grant


A female Red-rumped Parrot, hard to spot at times!

Red-rump in a tree, showing how they can be difficult to find.

Male Red-rumped Parrot at Patchewoolock, Victoria.

Robert Ashworth


Ecologist

Rob has completed his thesis researching the impacts of habitat factors on hollow dependant urban birds in Melbourne. The Rumpuary citizen science surveys comprised part of his studies.  Rob expects to be graduating at the end of 2022.


Master of Environment student and prospective ecologist.

University of Melbourne

Bird Call credit in the podcast recording - Marc Anderson, XC692681. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/692681.


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Australia, Birds In Backyards, Citizen Science, nesting hollows, parrot, Red-rumped Parrot, Robert Ashworth, Surveys


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