Superb Parrot

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 December 2015
Scientific Name
Polytelis swainsonii
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Polytelis
  • P. swainsonii
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 10 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 inches
4.7 to 5.5 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 靓鹦鹉
Czech (Cesky) papoušek nádherný
Danish (Dansk) Barrabandparakit
Dutch (Nederlands) Barrabandparkiet
Finnish (Suomi) loistokaija
French (Français) Perruche de Barraband
German (Deutsch) Schildsittich
Italian (Italiano) Parrocchetto di Barraband
Japanese (日本語) ミカズキインコ [mikazukiinko]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gulstrupeparakitt
Polish (Polski) ksiezniczka tarczowa
Portuguese (Português) Periquito-soberbo
Russian (русский язык) Роскошный баррабандов попугай
Spanish (Español) Perico Soberbio
Swedish (Svenska) Gulstrupig parakit
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