Red-capped ParrotScientific name: Purpureicephalus spurius

Meaning of name: Purpureicephalus  is from the Latin words purpureus, meaning purple, and the Greek word cephale, meaning head. Spurius is a Latin word meaning false.

Aboriginal name: Daryl (char’rill).

Distribution: The Red-capped Parrot is only found in the southwest of Western Australia.

Description: This bird is up to 38cm long with a wingspan up to 48cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2km. The oldest bird recorded was recovered 10.7 months after being banded (information as at 20 June 2012).

References: Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.
What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme