#CreatureFeature – Barnardius zonarius (Australian Ringneck)

The Australian Ringneck is located and only found in Australia. There are four subspecies of Australian Ringnecks separated into two groups; the Mallee Ringneck (barnardi) as well as the Cloncurry subspecies (macgillivrayi).

They are generally spotted in pairs or small flocks near open woodlands and tree-lined watercourses.

Recognised by its mostly green body and oblivious yellow band on the back of the neck, this species has a miniature head with tiny black eyes and have a dark blue, almost navy coloured head and beneath the wings.

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arthur_chapman/

Australian Ringnecks tend to lay their eggs in the months of August to December, and in response to the rain. They lay their eggs in hollows in living or dead trees and ennter through holes in the trunks or spouts. The female incubates the eggs while being fed by the male and she may leave the nest occasionally for short periods of time if she chooses. The young are fed by both parents and can often be seen at the opening of the hollow.

Quick Fact: This species of parrot also goes by the name Twenty-Eight because people believe their call sounds like they’re saying the word “twenty eight”.

Source: https://www.birdlife.org.au/

Photo credit: Paul Balfe

Paige Kirby – Biodiversity Trainee

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