Blue Bonnet

Northiella haematogaster

The beautifully decorated Blue Bonnet cannot be confused with any other parrot found in Australia. The breast, neck and upperparts are grey-brown, the belly and ventral area are yellow, with varying amounts of red, and the fore-crown, face and chin are blue. When walking on the ground or perched, the stance is very upright. The contact call is a harsh ‘cluck-cluck’, often repeated. Common and familiar, it is found in lightly-timbered grasslands and arid shrublands in southern and eastern Australia. Small parties are often flushed from the roadside, where they forage for seeds.