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Naretha Bluebonnet

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Photo © by Mike BouetteKanandah Station, near Naretha, Western Australia, Australia, 19 September 2019
Photo © by Mike Bouette
Kanandah Station, near Naretha, Western Australia, Australia, 19 September 2019
Northiella narethae


[edit] Identification

  • Blue forehead
  • Buff flecks on breast
  • Olive upperparts
  • Yellow belly with red undertail-coverts
  • Red outher lesser wing-coverts

Sexes similar, females are duller than males and with blue flight feathers.

[edit] Distribution

South-eastern Western Australia (Nullarbor Plain) to south-western South Australia

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Greater Bluebonnet.

[edit] Habitat

Open woodland, not always near water.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and larvae, also grass, shrub and tree seeds, herbaceous plants, nuts, berries, fruit and vegetable matter.

[edit] Breeding

They nest in hollow limbs or trunks. The clutch consists of 4-7 white eggs.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.3). Available at
  3. ozanimals

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