Superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

The aptly named Superb Parrot is found in a belt of inland eastern Australia from northern Victoria to northern New South Wales. It moves northwards in cooler months and breeds in southern parts of its range in spring and summer. Its area of distribution coincides with the eastern ‘wheat-sheep’ agricultural belt. As such, much of its woodland habitat has been cleared. In recent years, more sympathetic management may to have led to signs of a bit of a recovery. Canberra, especially its northern suburbs, is within its breeding range, the only large city to be so. Birds here were filmed feeding on lerps – a sucking insect covered with a waxy protective cover – infesting Eucalyptus growing in a car park of the Australian Institute of Sport in the northwestern suburb of Bruce.