The Swift Parrot's call differs to that of the lorikeets. Unlike the lorikeets screeching, scratchy harsh sounds the Swifty calls are bursts of high pitched, tinkling chattering: piping 'pee-pit, pee-pit". They are musical, high notes which are sharp but clear. In flight the contact call is "chi-wit, chiwit, chiwit". But the chatters and trills vary greatly, and sometimes deeper mellow sounds can be heard.
This image of a Red Parakeet
is from the book by Arthur Phillip
titled "The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay" and is held in the rare books collection at the State Library of Victoria
which houses one of Australia's finest collections of natural history bird books.
The sound recording was provided by Bill Flentje.
Further InformationWe are currently working on the transcript for this object.
Call of the Swift Parrot
This recording may only be used with the written consent of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia.
Bird Observation & Conservation Australia