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About the Superb Parrot

Also known as: Barraband's Parrot, Barraband's Parakeet, or Green Leek Parrot
The Superb Parrot is a medium-sized species of parrot endemic to Australia. It lives in dry woodland habitat in New South Wales and Victoria. Their diet is made up of mostly seeds, fruits, flowers, pollen, and nectar.

Male Superb Parrots have a bright green body plumage, with yellow across the forehead, face, and neck. The yellow is framed with a red outline above the breast. Females are mostly green.

The Superb Parrot is sometimes found in aviculture, where it is known by other names, including Barraband's Parrot, Barraband's Parakeet, and Green Leek Parrot. They may live up to 30 years in captivity.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 December 2015
Scientific Name Polytelis swainsonii
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Polytelis
  • P. swainsonii
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 10 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
16 inches
4.7 to 5.5 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 靓鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • papoušek nádherný (Czech)
  • Barrabandparakit (Danish)
  • Barrabandparkiet (Dutch)
  • loistokaija (Finnish)
  • Perruche de Barraband (French)
  • Schildsittich (German)
  • Parrocchetto di Barraband (Italian)
  • ミカズキインコ [mikazukiinko] (Japanese)
  • Gulstrupeparakitt (Norwegian)
  • ksiezniczka tarczowa (Polish)
  • Periquito-soberbo (Portuguese)
  • Роскошный баррабандов попугай (Russian)
  • Perico Soberbio (Spanish)
  • Gulstrupig parakit (Swedish)

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