Australian RingneckScientific name: Barnardius zonarius

Meaning of name: Barnardius honours Edward Barnard (1786-1861), an English ornithologist. Zonarius is from the Latin word zona, meaning a girdle or belt. It refers to the yellow half-collar.

Aboriginal name: Dowarn (dow’awn).

Distribution: Occurs in much of Australia. Absent from tropical areas and some inland areas.

Description: This bird is up to 44cm long with a wingspan of 60cm.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 27km. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in August 1994, 4 years 1.8 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