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Australian king parrot

Alisterus scapularis

Description:

Female:- Head, wings and back deep green, with light green stripe on wing coverts. Rump and lower back are blue tinged with green; upper tail coverts green; undertail coverts green broadly edged with scarlet. Central tail feathers dark green; outer tail feathers blue-green, tipped pink. Throat and chest dull green with red tinge on upper throat. Belly and lower breast scarlet. Eye pale yellow. Bill dark brown washed red. Feet as male.

Habitat:

Heavily timbered mountain ranges and rainforests from Atherton Tableland south to eastern and southern Victoria. Enjoying a pick off the Mulberry Tree, in my backyard. Other trees around are:- Jacaranda 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. Also a short video :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-i5o9ut...

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Aug 2, 2019
Submitted on May 26, 2020

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