Q. How do I know it is a superb parrot (what do they look like)?

The superb parrot is a distinctive large, bright grass-green parrot. An adult measures around 40 cm from beak to tail. Males have yellow foreheads and throats and a red crescent that separates the throat from the green breast and belly. Females are slightly duller green and have a light blue wash in place of the males' red and yellow markings. A juvenile is similar to the adult female, but with a paler bill.

In flight the superb parrot has a long, narrow tail and sharply back-angled wings. Its flight is swift and graceful.

The superb parrot can be seen alone or in flocks of up to 50 birds.

Go to our gallery to see photos of the superb parrot.

Q. Where am I likely to find superb parrots?

The superb parrot is found throughout eastern inland NSW. On the South-West Slopes their core breeding area is roughly bounded by Cowra and Yass in the east, and Grenfell, Cootamundra and Coolac in the west. Birds breeding in this region are mainly absent during winter, when they migrate north to the region of the upper Namoi and Gwydir River.

The other main breeding sites are in the Riverina along the corridors of the Murray, Edward and Murrumbidgee Rivers where birds are present all year round. It is estimated that there are less than 5000 breeding pairs left in the wild.

Q. Can I share photos or my sightings of superb parrots with others?

You can share a photo, video or a story via this web page via the 'Share your stories, photos & videos' tab. We will review it first and then publish it so everyone can share in your discoveries. We will disable the comments section unless you specifically ask us to open your stories for comment.

Q. Is there a way for me to contribute to superb parrot survival?

  • Retain and protect hollow-bearing trees.
  • Retain and protect woodland remnants.
  • Cover grain trucks and check all openings are properly sealed.
  • Report grain spills to local authorities so they can be removed.

Report suspected illegal bird trapping, egg collection or sales to Enviroline 131 555.

Superb parrot citizen science project

Q. What is the superb parrot citizen science project?

The Office of Environment and Heritage has been working with community members as part of an important superb parrot survey and monitoring project, and we will continue to present their results via this blog.

You can now register your sightings online via the Atlas of Living Australia data collection tool here superb parrot monitoring data collection tool

What you will do as Superb Parrot citizen scientist

  • Register with the ‘Atlas of Living Australia' as a contributor

  • Choose whether you want to record your information on paper or use the website to record your information (it is not a stand alone app so you will need internet coverage to do it online in the field)

  • Choose whether you want to record a single sighting or do a Superb Parrot transect

  • Go outside and see if you can (or cannot) see any Superb Parrots

You can also share your observations on this website with other people interested in superb parrot behavior.

Q. When is the Superb Parrot survey happening?

You can undertake this survey anytime, however the main season for sightings on the NSW South-West-Slopes are spring and summer. We are always interested in sightings from anywhere at any time as understanding the Superb Parrots movements during autumn and winter is an important part of our research.

Q. What do I need to do to take part in the superb parrot survey?

If you wish to do the survey online you will need to go to the superb parrot monitoring data collection tool

You will need to register with the Atlas of Living Australia as a contributor. This will also allow you to track your own records. You will use this data portal to enter information about your surveys and bird sightings.

Once your registration has been approved an email will be forwarded to your in-box to allow you to sign in. Each time you start a new session you will be asked to sign in.

You can also take part by downloading from the document library in the right-hand column on the home-page.

Q. What types of surveys can I do?

There are two ways you can contribute to this project. The first is by recording single sites where you see the birds and some simple information about how many males and females there were, what type of habitat they were in and what they were doing. These sightings will be recorded in the Atlas of Living Australia and transferred to the NSW BioNet.

The second way is where you walk a one kilometre transect and record how many birds you see 250 metres either side of that line. You can also add the extra habitat and ecological information for each of these sightings. In this type of survey it is also important to note if you saw no Superb Parrots during the transect. This survey will also be recorded in the Atlas of Living Australia and transferred to the NSW BioNet.

Q. Can I do the surveys on paper?

If you have no internet coverage you can download the survey sheet from the document library in the right-hand column of the home page.

You can then add the data to the superb parrot monitoring data collection tool when you have internet coverage. By doing this your data is added automatically and will appear very quickly.


You can scan your survey sheets for us to upload (much slower):
Email title: Superb Parrot Survey, Dr Damon Oliver



send your sheets to

Dr Damon Oliver

Regional Operations South East, OEH

PO Box 733, Queanbeyan NSW 2620