Blue-collared parrot

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Blue-collared parrot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Psittaculinae
Tribe: Psittaculini
Genus: Geoffroyus
Species: G. simplex
Binomial name
Geoffroyus simplex
(Meyer, 1874)

The blue-collared parrot (Geoffroyus simplex) also known as simple parrot, lilac-collared song parrot, or lilac-collared Geoffroy's parrot, is a parrot found in the higher elevations of New Guinea. It is found from 500-2300m, mainly between 800-1900m (though food shortages will send them lower). It is 23–25 cm, mainly green with a black beak, yellow wing bend, blue underwing coverts, and a pale yellow iris. Adult males have a blue collar across upper breast to lower neck above the mantle, adult females have some blue on the rear crown. Juveniles have no blue and a paler bill. There are two subspecies:

  • G. s. simplex: On Vogelkop. 23 cm
  • G. s. buergersi: On rest of island. 25 cm, collar on males is duller but wider in back.

It inhabits humid hill forest and forest edges. Flocks are up to 200.