Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot perched on a fence post.What does it look and sound like? The Australian King Parrot is a striking bird. Adult males have an entirely red head, orange bill and pale green shoulder stripe, the female has a dark grey bill and a green head.

Where does it live? It is distributed along the east coast and ranges of Australia.

What are its habitats and habits? Found in wet eucalypt forest, where it feeds on seeds, nectar, fruits and some insects, usually high in the canopy of the forest, but will enter suburban parks and gardens to feed, often becoming quite tame.

Scientific name: Alisterus scapularis

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