Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonatus)

The Red-rumped parrot is a small parrot found in southeastern Australia, abundant in the Canberra district. The males are the bright birds, with the red rump. Females are a dull olive green. They are usually seen in pairs together even when in a group. In summer, when with young, they are not easy to approach but in the middle of winter when they are hungry you can almost tread on them, feeding on seeds gleaned from dried frosted grass like at my local bus stop! Often seen on Canberra roadsides, esp. in winter. Unlike some of its close relations, this bird has coped relatively well with human settlement and agriculture. In more arid areas of southern Australia it is replaced by its brighter relative the Mulga Parrot.