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Australian King Parrot: Alisterus scapularis

Identifying characteristics:

  •     The colourful adult male is always outnumbered by plainer birds (the females and juveniles).


  • The Australian King-Parrot is endemic to forests and coastal woodlands of eastern Australia.

  • In North Queensland it is uncommon but distributed widely in upland areas.

  • Small flocks are observed regularly round Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge .


  • Food is mainly seeds, especially of eucalypts and acacias but including a great variety of other plants.

Additional Information: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

  • The 'Australian King Parrot' is a beautiful green and red parrot.

  • These birds are very sexually dimorphic, with the males having a bright red head and breast, while the female is more generally green.

  • They usually travel in pairs or small groups of juveniles, sometimes in a strange mix of confusing, undeveloped plumage colours.

  • They are found in the rainforests and wetter sclerophyll along the east coast where their high 'ching ching' calls may be heard as they zoom overhead.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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