This parrot breeds in Tasmania and migrates to south-eastern Australia. They usually inhabit forests, woodlands and even urban areas.
They eat a varied diet of seeds, fruit, nectar and insects.
Swift parrots are quite noisy and showy birds and can fly very fast with their direct flight. The species is a vivid green with bluish crown and red on the face above and below the beak. The adult female is slightly duller and juveniles have a dark brown iris and a pale orange bill.
Breeding occurs from September through to March. The parrots nest in tree hollows and usually with other breeding pairs. 3 to 5 eggs are typically laid per clutch.
Due to predation and loss of habitat, there are estimated to be fewer than 2000 mature individuals remaining in the wild, due to predation and loss of habitat.
- Latin Name: Lathamus discolor
- Class: Birds
- Order: Psittaciformes
- Family: Psittacidae
- Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
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