Which Parrot species hangs upside down to eat? It is the Red-winged Parrot, a wildly colored, social bird who is often kept in captivity.
Red-winged Parrots in the wild live in groups of about 20, pairing up into mates or family groupings inside the flock. Sometimes, they associate with Pale-headed Rosellas and Mallee Ringneck Parrots. The only time
this parrot comes to the ground, is when they are drinking or retrieving fallen seeds. They are artistic flyers and can execute a number of quick aerial tricks.
the Red-wing grows to about 27 inches in
length with wing lengths of about eight inches each.
They have a five to six inch tail, which is green and usually has a yellow or light green tip in males and a pink tip in females. Their plumage is predominantly green.
The males have very bright green heads and necks
with bright red patches over the wings. They
also have a very deep blue rump and a black
mantle. Females are a bit duller in color and
have light blue lower backs and rumps. The undersides of their wings are grayish with white-tipped feathers. The bills of
these parrots are generally orange with yellow tips and the feet are gray. Males have orange irises while females' irises are dark.
Red-winged Parrots are native to Australia and New Guinea's tropical and temperate forests. They also like farmland, mangrove stands and savannas. Although Red-winged Parrots are protected by law and listed under CITES index II, they are occasionally shot by farmers who believe they destroy fruit crops. They are also known as Crimson-winged Parrots, Blood-winged Parrots, or Red-winged Lories and were first noted by Gmelin in 1788.