Eastern Ground Parrot

Eastern Ground Parrot

Eastern Ground Parrot Pezoporus wallicus

On January 16, 2016 my attempt to find an Eastern Ground Parrot at Barron Ground Nature Reserve was finally successful! I needed to walk this track many times and had up to that day only seen "something green" darting away. This time I walked extremely slowly - when the grass is so green as it was on that day, you hardly see the birds when you approach them. Walking slowly does not prevent you from flushing them, but you have a much higher chance that they are not frightened and land just a couple of meters ahead of you on the track again. And this happened when I saw this bird. David Stowe pointed out in a comment to my Facebook posting that this bird is a young one, which might helped it posing so openly, which is probably true.

I agree with David that this is a young bird, because the red forehead patch that adult Ground Parrots carry isn't there yet and the eyes are still brown and not yellow.

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