Australian King Parrot

Found in wet eucalypt forest along the east coast and ranges of Australia, 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. The bird picture here is an immature male, that is developing the red colouration of the adult. 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