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Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Neophema pulchella
The scientific name for Turquoise Parakeet is Neophema pulchella, it is
usually found in eastern Australia specifically in northeastern Victoria
to NSW and Queensland. Their normal length is about (20 cm) 7.9 inches
and their weight is approximately around 40 g (1.5 inches). They come in
bright yellow colour with green crowns. Their wings vary from dark blue
to turquoise. Male parakeets have bright blue faces, cheeks and
foreheads. Their wings have red patches on both sides. The colour of a
female parakeet is duller and paler than the males and the red patches
on their wings are uneven.
Turquoise parakeets are often found on valleys, rocky ridges,
river-flats and rolling hills. They drink water once a day, usually in
the morning before going out to look for food. They eat seeds from
grass, plants and shrubs. They also eat fruits and flowers. Most
parakeets are found in pairs.
Breeding parakeets occur between August and January and more usual in
September. The incubation period lasts for about 18 days.
The existence of turquoise parakeet is threatened due to loss of
habitat. A recovery plan has been prepared to maintain and protect its habitat
for possible survival.