Parrot plumage: the common orange/yellow juxtaposition

I have discussed the “rainbow plumage” of many parrots previously here. In numerous parrot species, colours adjacent on the body are also adjacent on the spectrum (the order of the spectrum is: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

I have discussed the common juxtaposition of yellow and green, and of green and blue previously. In this post, I want to show some examples of the orange and yellow combination. I shall add more examples as they come to hand. I have not included examples like the orange-bellied parrot, which I discussed in the above cited paper and illustrated here, because although they show the orange/yellow juxtaposition, they also show nearly the complete “rainbow” on their plumage.

Pionites leucogaster (note the orange/yellow juxtaposition on the head; and also the green/blue/?violet pattern on the wing):


How to breed a Carolina parakeet“: (“Many specimens of Green parakeets (Psittacara holochlorus (previous in Aratinga)) populations in Texas show remarcable patches of both orange/red and yellow on the heads and torso that are less prevalent in Mexican populations. Image by Jerry Oldenettel.”)


Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus):


Cyanoliseus patagonus:


Blue-crowned Parakeets (Thectocercus acuticaudatus): tail:


Northiella haematogaster:


Norfolk Island kaka (Nestor productus):


Yellow-eared parrot (Ognorhynchus icterotis): orange shading into yellow near the beak:


Peach-fronted parakeet (or conure) (Aratinga aurea): orange and yellow on head:


4 responses to this post.

  1. […] Parrot plumage: the common orange/yellow juxtaposition […]


  2. […] I have written about the rainbow patterns in parrot plumage here and about the common orange/yellow markings as seen on the leading edge of that bird’s wings here. […]


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