King-Parrot.JPG (36260 bytes)King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis): is a large bird that is 41 to 44 centimetres long. Male and females are dramatically different in colour.

Males (illustrated) have bright scarlet heads and bodies. Wings are dark green with a pale green band. There are also flecks of light green on the wing margins. The tail is blue-black. Females are mostly dark green with red belly.

King Parrots are observed in pairs and flocks. They occur in eastern Australia from north Queensland to southern Victoria. King Parrots occupy both coastal and tableland areas.

King Parrots are frequent visitors to Yallaroo where they are usually in pairs. In spring of 2004 four males visited Yallaroo. They fed on the lawn outside our bedroom window and we were able to observe the Parrots very closely. We noticed that the pattern of light green wing markings was different in each individual.

No females were sighted at this time. Hopefully they were sitting on eggs.

 

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