Princess Parrot: Polytelis Alexandrae
Distribution and Habitat
The Princess Parrot is an Australian species of parrot.
The Princess Parrot is widely distributed across central Australia, but tends towards scrubland and arid woodlands.
This is a medium to large parrot, about 16 inches tall and a long tail. It is predominantly a pastel-olive green in color with green patches on the shoulder. It has a lilac forehead and rump, and a pink throat. The eyes are orange, and the beak is a coral color. Females and juveniles tend to be more diluted in coloration with a shorter tail.
Other names: Princess’s Parrot, Alexandra Parrot, Queen Alexandra Parakeet, Princess of Wale’s Parakeet, Rose-throated Parakeet, Spinnifex Parrot
Princess Parrots are highly nomadic and elusive.
In 1883, John Gould was first to describe the species and named if after Princess Alexandra, the daughter of the King of Sweden. She later became Princess of Wales.