Australian King Parrot

The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is an occasional visitor to my garden. It is a long-tailed parrot and is a very distinctive bird of about 42 centimetres in size.

The male’s head and underparts are a brilliant scarlet while the back is green. The rump is blue and the tail a black-blue. There are green crescents on the abdomen and under tail coverts. The inner wing has light has light green coverts.

Male Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot #2

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot at feeder

The female and immature juvenile birds are very similar to the male except the head and neck are light green; there is usually no light shoulder stripe.

Female Australian King Parrot - Immature juvenile will look similar

Female Australian King Parrot – Immature juvenile will look similar

These birds habit moist tall forests and the adjoining farmland. They will visit orchards, (they are known for raiding fruit trees) gardens and parks during winter and autumn.

For reference I consult the Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. I have the fifth edition, however I believe there is now a sixth edition.

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