Matomo-Image-Tracker Psittaciformes - Neophema



The genus Neophema is an Australian genus with six or seven species. They are small, basically dull green parrots differentiated by patches of other colors, and are commonly known as grass parrots. The genus has some sexual dichromatism, with males having brighter hues.

The scarlet-chested parrot, turquoise parrot and elegant parrot are all commonly raised and bred in captivity with a number of unusual color forms arising. The members of this genus are not altogether easy to keep, being tender birds that may die without apparent cause, succumbing to mobbing by more robust aviary mates or diseases. This has hampered captive propagation efforts, e.g. in the case of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.

They are certainly not "beginner's birds" and will usually not thrive if they are not provided with a spacious
aviary where a small flock can be kept in company of a few other small and harmless birds. It is possible to keep a pair or a single bird in a cage, but they will be sluggish and unhealthy if they are not let out to fly and socialize with humans frequently. Trade in wild-caught specimens is strongly restricted; in any case, these should be rejected because they are extremely tough to acclimate to aviary conditions. It is usually impossible, even for expert aviculturalists, to keep wild-caught birds alive for more than a few months. Captive-bred birds of several species are available, and these are far more hardy, though inexperienced aviculturalists should avoid them nonetheless.

There are 6 or 7 species: Sometimes the Bourke's Parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii) is included with Neophema.
The genus Neopsephotus has its own page that can be found

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