King Parrots on the pavement
A pair of King Parrots surprised me today. They were quietly feeding on a grassy pavement as I walked by. At first they took a careful look at me, then they decided I was harmless and went back to their browsing. The photos aren’t great quality, because I had only the camera on my mobile phone with me.
The male of the pair has a red head and chest, and dark green on his back. The female bird has a green head and softer red colouring on her chest. The video shows them feeding quietly then flying off with a characteristic chirp.
It wasn’t me that scared them away, but rather a big bird flying overhead. The big scary bird turned out to be just a currawong, so the parrots came back quite quickly. Here they are together:
Here’s the male, showing the pretty colouring and markings on his back:
Common name: Australian King Parrot
Scientific name: Alisterus scapularis
Approximate length: 44 cm
Date spotted: 7 July 2017 (Winter)
Location: Allambie Heights, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’13.2″S 151°15’41.1″E