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Superb Parrot, Superb Country

Living up to its name. (Part 1 of 3 profiles of Polytelis parrots.)

By Joseph Forshaw

Grace and beauty are characteristics that immediately come to mind when looking at the Polytelis parrots of Australia. Even the early naturalists were impressed; the generic name is derived from the Greek word for “extravagant” and refers to the brilliant plumage coloration. The official English names of the superb parrot, regent parrot and princess parrot appropriately reflect the graceful, almost regal appearance of these exquisite parrots. It is not surprising that, almost from the time of their discovery, all three species have been extremely popular with aviculturists.

**For the full article, pick up the April 2008 issue of BIRD TALK**

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