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October 19, 2013

Narrandera Wetlands Birds

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — admin @ 12:28 am

Superb Parrots.

On the way back from Wagga, I stopped in at the Narrandera Wetlands. Not many water-birds there at all, just a few Pacific Black Ducks, Purple Swamphens, etc. It was in the middle of the afternoon, so that may have not helped.

female Superb Parrot
female Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

The female Superb Parrot is dull green, with no red crescent on the breast. It has no yellow. The Superb Parrot is part of the Polyteline group of parrots. They are like Eastern Rosellas, with extremely long tapered, pointed tails and they scratch over the wing. They used to be known as the Barraband Parrot.

male Superb Parrot
male Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

The male is green with a yellow crown and throat, with a red crescent bordering yellow on the upper breast. They feed mainly on grass seeds, other small plants and eucalypt nectar. Their range is restricted to mainly the Murray and Riverina region.

Crimson Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

This is the flaveolus race of the Crimson Rosella, commonly called the Yellow Rosella. It was formerly known as the Murray Rosella and its range is around the Murray and Riverina areas.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

There were a couple of these feeding in the wetlands.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird (Philemon citreogularis)

Very easy to mistake these for Blue-faced Honeyeaters at first sight, but only superficially similar due to the blue patch around eye.


  1. Stellar shots! Looks like outside of a small village outside of a mazdan next to lazawn and lar lake.

    Comment by Sami Medena — December 21, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

  2. thank you..

    Comment by admin — January 7, 2014 @ 11:42 am

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