King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis

King Parrot

King parrots are usually seen in pairs or small parties feeding among the outermost branches of forest trees, especially eucalypts and acacias. They eat seeds, berries, other fruits, nuts, nectar, blossoms and leaf buds, which they find mainly in trees, but they also come to the ground to pick up fallen seeds.

These are the brightest parrots to be seen in South East Queensland (up North they have competition from the Eclectus parrots). The male is suited in crimson and green with blue striping on the wing coverts. In flight you can also see the blue under the wings.The female does not have the scarlet head and chest of the male but displays the same scarlet belly and lower breast as the male.

The piping bell-like calls are a beautiful addition to the Tamborine Mountain environment. Have a bird bath in the garden and leave out some grey sunflower seeds and you will attract these parrots, the rainbow lorrikeets and other members of the parrot family.

The two photos here were taken at O'Reilly's Guest House in the Lamington National Park south of Tamborine Mountain. King Parrots, Scrub Turkeys and Crimson Rosellas all compete for the favors of the multi-national throng of visitors.

Male King Parrot

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