28 Parrot or Port Lincoln Parrot (Barnardius zonarius)
The Port Lincoln Parrot (usually called "28" in south western W.A) is found mainly in W.A, although does range into S.A and south west N.T. Breeds from August to February but in the drier inland areas, will breed whenever the season permits. When conditions allow, may raise 2 broods of anywhere between 2 and 7 chicks.
28's are noisy and inquisitive. When disturbed may only fly a very short distance and stop to investigate the cause. Their alarm call will quickly attract others.
They feed on a variety of plant foods - blossoms, seeds, grasses - feeding both on the ground and in the trees.When the maree trees (red gums) fail to flower, hungry 28's can be a major vineyard and orchard pest.