Port Lincoln Parakeet

Wild Status:

Least Concern

Scientific Name:

Barnardius zonarius

Distribution:

 

Australia

Description: 

The Port Lincoln parakeet is about 33 cms long and predominantly green with a black head, yellow neck band and blue flight feathers on it’s wings.

The Port Lincoln is 1 of 4 subspecies of the Australian Ring Neck Parakeet.

Adaptations:

The Port Lincoln parakeet has adapted to live successfully in all terrains within Australia except for extreme tropical and highland areas.

Feeding and habits:

This species eats a wide range of foods that include nectar, insects, seeds, fruit, and native and bulbs. It will eat orchard-grown fruit and is sometimes seen as a pest by farmers. Usually, Port Lincoln Parakeets can be found in eucalypt woodlands and eucalypt-lined watercourses. The species is gregarious and depending on the conditions can be resident or nomadic.

These parakeets are persecuted by fruit growers as they can cause immense damage to orchards but numbers appear to be increasing despite fierce competition and displacement for nest sites from the non-native rainbow lorikeet which is considered a pest.

Breeding and Life Expectancy:

Port Lincoln Parakeets live about 15 years and 18 or more in captivity. Breeding occurs during June and July in their native Australia. They usually nest in tree hollows laying four or five white eggs measuring about 30mm.

Interesting Facts:

  • Where do Port Lincoln parakeets get their name from?

Port Lincoln is a coastal town on the West Coast of Australia.

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