Grass Parakeets


Hooded Parrot
Mulga Parrot
Scarlet-Chested Parrot
Turquoise Parrot

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Scarlet-Chested Parrot in Aviary


    The term 'grass parakeet' is an informal grouping of parrots in the genus Neophema.  The species in this group are: the scarlet-chested parrot, the turquoise parrot, the elegant parrot, the blue-winged parrot, the orange-bellied parrot, the rock parrot, and Bourke's parrot.  These are small birds that spend much of their time foraging on the ground for grass seeds.  They are generally very peaceful and quiet.  Males can be readily distinguished from females after about 6 months and these species will nest in their first year.  Of the above list, only scarlet-chesteds, elegants, turqoise (turqoisine), Bourke's and blue-winged occur in the US.  Although most of these are quite common and relatively inexpensive, Blue-winged parrots are so rare in the US it may be impossible to find a pair for sale.  Many mutations of these species have been cultivated, some of which are very expensive.

For the purpose of this website I have lumped the genus Psephotus into the grass keet category for efficiency, although they do not technically belong here.  If I start keeping more Psephotus I will give them their own page!  Psephotus includes the mulga parrot, the golden-shouldered/hooded parrot, the red-rumped parrot and the now extinct paradise parrot.  The Psephotus species fall are viewed as a link between the rosellas and the grass parakeets.  They are larger than grass parakeets and exhibit sexual dimorphism in all but the bluebonnets.  Psephotus are more aggressive than grass parakeets but, in general, not as aggressive as rosellas.  Most Psephotus mature in one year with the exception of the golden-shouldered/hooded, which takes two years to mature.



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