Red-rumped Parrot Spotted (Psephotus haematonotus)

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Red-rumped Parrot Spotted
Psephotus haematonotus
Red-rumped Parrot Spotted (Psephotus haematonotus)
Name Red-rumped Parrot Spotted
Name Lat. Psephotus haematonotus
Family Elegant Parrots
Family lat. Psittaculidae
Order Parrots
Order lat. Psittaciformes
Origin Australia
Climate Subtropical - tropical
Diet Parrot seed, veggies, fruits
Keeping Pair, group
Care Level Easy
Reproduction Cavity nest
Life Span 15-20 years
Protection CITES Appendix II; EC Annex B
Metric Units
Size 28 cm
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 200 x 100 x 100 cm
US Units
Size 11"
Temperature Room temperature
Housing 80" x 40" x 40"

Distribution and habitat

The Sings Parakeets are native to southeastern Australia, where they live in open grassy landscapes with trees, fields, gardens and parks. Since the export ban in 1960, they are only available as offspring in many color mutations.

Cage size

The minimum cage size is 200 x 100 x 100 cm (L x W x H) for a pair. The cage size must not be undercut even in case of justified single keeping. For an additional 2 birds, assuming species compatibility, the floor space must be increased by 50%. The cage must be placed at a height of at least 80 cm (except aviaries) in a bright, draught-free and quiet place and should have cross-wiring or netting. Keeping in an aviary with a floor area of at least 3 m² is preferable to keeping in a cage.


The floor must be covered with sand, shavings of untreated wood or similar material and cleaned once a week if possible. At least 2 perches made of wood or branches of different thickness and height are to be installed in such a way that the longest possible flight path is created. They need a bathing opportunity and should also be sprayed with water occasionally (e.g. sprinkler system). Rings, ropes, and natural branches that are not harmful to health should be offered for occupation. They should be kept at room temperature.


The species-specific feed consists of mixed seeds. Ideal is a mixture of in the specialized trade available "Large parakeet feed" and "Forest bird feed" in premium quality, supplemented with cob millet, green fodder (chickweed, green panicle millet) and wild herb seeds, but only little vegetables, fruits and berries and especially for the Jungenaufzucht germinated seeds (wheat, millet), meal beetle larvae and egg fodder. If there are several animals, set up several feeding stations. They need grit, cuttlefish and vitamin lime as digestive aids. Water must always be available in birdbaths or in stable, open containers. Feed and water must be offered fresh daily, and the containers must be cleaned beforehand.

A varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

Females are plain gray, brown or olive, males are predominantly green with a blue-green head and red rump.

They breed in nest cavities made of soft wood or in hollowed tree trunks. Coniferous sawdust and mulch are particularly suitable as bedding. The clutch consists of 5-7 eggs and the incubation period is about 19 days. The incubation period is, biologically speaking, from March to August when the birds are kept in open-air aviaries. Young birds must be raised so that they are species-specific. Hand rearing may only take place in justified exceptional cases.

Species protection

They should be provided with a leg ring. They are exempt from the obligation to notify (Federal Species Protection Ordinance Annex 5 to § 7 para. 2). Your pet store will be happy to provide you with further information.

Protection of species: WA appendix II; EU appendix B. The purchase receipt is the required proof of origin for the animal. Please keep it safe!


In the case of outdoor aviaries, they also need a heated shelter of at least 1 m², which can be visited by the birds at any time. The temperature in the shelter must not fall below 5 °C and the furnishings must be the same as those used in cages

They may be kept only in pairs or in a group. Sufficient daylight or flicker-free artificial light (stroboscopic effect) corresponding to daylight must be provided in rooms, including shelters. The lighting duration shall be 8-12 hours per day and the natural day-night rhythm shall be observed. Adequate indoor climate should be provided. If caged, they should be allowed free flight. The health condition of the birds should be checked daily. Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: Othmar Sieberer; Image: petdata

Source: BMELV (1995): Tierschutzgutachten - Mindestanforderungen an die Haltung von Papageien; ARNDT (1997): Lexikon der Papageien, Arndt Verlag; GRUMMT & STREHLOW (2009): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Vögel, Verlag Harri Deutsch 

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF