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Polytelis swainsonii (Superb Parrot)

Synonyms: Polytelis swainsoni

Wikipedia Abstract

The superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii), also known as Barraband's parrot, Barraband's parakeet, or green leek parrot, is a parrot native to south-eastern Australia. It is a dimorphic species and one of three species in the genus Polytelis.The superb parrot is mostly bright green with darker flight feathers and is about 40 cm (16 in) long with a long pointed tail. Adult males have continuous yellow foreheads and throats, with a red horizontal band across the border of the throat.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.95813
EDGE Score: 1.93991


Adult Weight [1]  153 grams
Birth Weight [2]  8.1 grams
Diet [3]  Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  30 %
Diet - Plants [3]  20 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  50 %
Forages - Mid-High [3]  50 %
Forages - Understory [3]  50 %
Clutch Size [5]  5
Incubation [4]  22 days
Maximum Longevity [1]  15 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Murray-Darling woodlands and mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub  
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Prey / Diet

Acacia acinacea (gold-dust acacia)[4]
Acacia dealbata (silver wattle)[4]
Acacia deanei (Deane's wattle)[4]
Amyema miquelii (Box Mistletoe)[4]
Amyema quandang (Grey Mistletoe)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Grantiella picta (Painted Honeyeater)1
Leipoa ocellata (Malleefowl)1


Parasitized by 
Echinophilopterus angustoclypeatus[6]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adelaide Zoo
Almaty State Zoo of Kazakhstan
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Attica Zoological Park S.A.
Bird Park Marlow
Brooklands Zoo
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Dept. of National Zoological Gardens
Drayton Manor Park Zoo
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo
Guldborgsund Zoo & Botanical Garden
Hamilton Zoo
Harewood Bird Garden at Leeds
Hong Kong Zool. & Botanical Gardens
Jesperhus Blomsterpark
Jurong Birdpark, Singapore
Kaliningrad Zoo
Melbourne Zoo
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny w Lodz
Miejski Ogrod Zoologiczny Warsaw
Moulton College
Ogrod Zoologiczny w Opolu, Opole
Parc des Oiseaux
Parc Zoologique de la Barben
Parque De Animales Silvestres Temaikèn
Silesian Zoological Garden
Taronga Zoo
Tbilisi Zoo
Tilgate Nature Centre
Vogelpark (Birdpark) Avifauna
Western Plains Zoo
Wroclaw Zoo, LLC
Zagreb Zoo / Zooloski vrt Zagreb
Zoologicka Zahrada Bratislava
Zoologicka zahrada Olomouc




Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Species Profile and Threats Database, Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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