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Australian king parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Description:

Male:- Head and underparts are scarlet. The back and the wings are dark green with a light green stripe on wing coverts. A narrow band on the nape, and lower back to upper tail coverts deep blue. A black tail. Undertail coverts green-black broadly edged scarlet. Eye yellow; outer ring grey. Upper mandible red tipped black, lower mandible black. Feet grey. Claws darker.

Habitat:

Heavily timbered mountain ranges and rainforests from Atherton Tableland south to eastern and southern Victoria. This Australian King Parrot was enjoying time in a Jacaranda Tree, in my backyard. Ohter trees around are:- Mulberry Tree; Chinese Celtis and Narrow-leaf Bottletree.

Notes:

Contact call in flight is a shrill crassak-crassak, repeated often. Utters a piping whistle whilst perching and , also, apparently in contact. As I live close to the Bunya Mountains, I get to enjoy the birds, when they visit my back yard. These photos have been edited. Reference comes from Reader's Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds.

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 1, 2019
Submitted on May 26, 2020

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