Focus on Bird: Australian King Parrot

26 Nov
Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

I saw a pair of these stunningly-beautiful birds this morning. Even at a distance, the male’s wonderful colours shone out.

The male of the species is much brighter in colour than its mate. The male’s bright red feathers are a joy to see. The female, though, is still a lovely bird. Her subtle greens and red must surely help her camouflage.

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7 Responses to “Focus on Bird: Australian King Parrot”

  1. cindy knoke November 26, 2014 at 5:32 am #

    wow, they are endangered are they not? gorgeous.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp November 26, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      I don’t think that they are endangered, Cindy. They’re not nearly as common where I live as are the Rainbow Lorikeets, though.

  2. Nia Simone and Ántonia Moran November 26, 2014 at 6:03 am #

    Wow, I’ve never seen or heard of a king parrot. I hope you can show us the female sometime. Lovely.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp November 26, 2014 at 6:27 am #

      I’ll see what i can do. They seem to be fewer in number than the males, but maybe the reality is that they are just harder to spot. 🙂

  3. davidprosser November 26, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    Blimey Margaret, you’re right about the camouflage, I can’t see her at all. He looks quite stunning though.Are they much bigger than normal parrots to give the name King or is is drawn from elsewhere?
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp November 26, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      Their average length is 42 centimetres, David. They are nowhere near as large as Cockatoos or Galahs.They seem to be about the same size as Crimson Rosellas. Unlike these Rosellas, the male King Parrot has a red head, and green rather than blue/black wings etc..
      xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  4. kcg1974 November 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    Takes my breath away! Thank you! Great shot!!

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