Australian Ringneck (species: Barnardius zonarius) in Bullala NP (Gaia Guide)
Barnardius zonarius
Australian Ringneck

©Arthur Chapman: Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius)

©Geoffrey: Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Barnardius
Species Barnardius zonarius
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The subspecies of the Australian Ringneck differ considerably in colouration. The basic colour is green, and all four subspecies have the characteristic yellow ring around the hindneck. Their wings and tail are a mixture of green and blue.

The Barnardius zonarius zonarius and Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus subspecies have a dull black head; back, rump and wings are brilliant green; throat and breast bluish-green. The difference between these two subspecies is that Barnardius zonarius zonarius has a yellow abdomen while Barnardius zonarius semitorquatus has a green abdomen; the latter has also a prominent crimson frontal band that the former lacks. The two other subspecies differ from these subspecies by the bright green crown and nape and blush cheek-patches. The underparts of Barnardius zonarius barnardi are turquoise-green with an irregular orange-yellow band across the abdomen; the back and mantle are deep blackish-blue and this subspecies has a prominent red frontal band. The Barnardius zonarius macgillivrayi is generally pale green, with no red frontal band, and a wide uniform pale yellow band across the abdomen. (Wikipedia)


  • From 35 cm to 37 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 65 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found in eucalypt woodlands and eucalypt-lined watercourses. (Wikipedia)

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Barnardius zonarius barnardi near Deniliquin in Australia

© Patrik Ã…berg


diurnal (active during the day)


This species eats a wide range of foods that include nectar, insects, seeds, fruit, and native and introduced bulbs. (Wikipedia)

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