Red-winged parrots, Aprosmictus erythropterus, are named for their bright red shoulder patches.
During courtship the male circles the female, lowers his wings to expose the blue patch on his lower back and holds his wings close to his body.
As well as feeding on seeds, nectar, pollen and blossoms these parrots also eat insects and larvae.
Alexandra Park Zoo is home two of these beautiful red-winged parrots, as well as many other colourful species.
Did you know?
Parrots have four toes on each foot like most birds, but, instead of three toes in front and a single toe behind, parrots are zygodactyl, meaning they have two toes in front and two toes behind.
About Alexandra Park Zoo
Alexandra Park Zoo was established in 1911 and is one of Queensland’s oldest continuously running zoological facilities.
It is fully accredited with the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) providing positive welfare conditions and operating to high standards.
Find out more about the red-winged parrots and other animals at the zoo here.
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