Tuesday, 5 April 2011

King for a day

Australian king-parrots (Alisterus scapularis) are abundant in these rainforests. I often hear and see them flying over the house in the late afternoon, but they rarely land in the garden. A while back, a couple of young male king-parrots dropped in, nibbled at the bottlebrush (Callistemon) and then flew off.

These fellows had almost moulted out of their olive green juvenile feathers, but hadn't quite made it into the immaculate scarlet plumage of adulthood.




They haven't paid another visit yet, but there are plenty of other birds around to make up for them.

16 comments:

forestwalk/laura k said...

WOW!!! GORGEOUS birds! awesome pictures! it would be so hard for me to take my eyes off them! such BRIGHT colors...but then, i guess most parrots are! what a fitting name!
are they LOUD?

Bernie said...

Their colours are just magnificent. Unfortunately we don't get to see them down here. Great shots.

biobabbler said...

Absolutely CHARMING! What a winsome expression. =) Thanks SO much for sharing. =) So cute and I LOVE the mixed-up, jazzy nature of the plumage.

Snail said...

Laura, they are not loud at all --- quite unlike cockatoos and lorikeets! They have a rather charming, tentative whistle while they're feeding, and are only a little bit noisier when they're flying. Very cute.

Snail said...

Bernie, they do seem to prefer wetter forests. You'd get pale-headed rosellas and maybe red-wings around your place, I guess?

Snail said...

Biobabbler, they are definitely winsome. These fellas were peeking out through the leaves, both curious and shy at the same time.

A small flock is spectacular --- vivid emerald and scarlet. Almost Christmassy!

Calling Ravens said...

I agree-excellent photos of a gorgeous bird!
I know how I get when a Tanager visits the dirt patch, so I must admit I truly have no idea what it must be like to have all that gorgeous color flying around in the trees.
Amazing!

forestwalk/laura k said...

flying solo would be something to see...but imagine if they fly around in FLOCKS!! wow! what a sight!

Magda said...

Hi Snail,
Nice to be visiting again.

Your King Parrot photos are beautiful.

I had the pleasure of sharing my life with 2 for over 10yrs. Came into my Life after I may have rescued them from a Pet Shop. Was shocked learning such Birds were sold that way.

I enjoyed making different salads for them each day. Then watching Ninchky turn them into mash by adding shell-grit until he was satisfied with the texture. Sebastian would then be encouraged to eat the result, which he did with great relish. His pupils dilated and shrank as the different flavours were experienced.

Thanks for bringing to the fore a wonderful memory of my time with those Special King Parrot Friends.

Good wishes to you from Magda(Australia)

mick said...

Great photos of the juveniles going into adult plumage - rather scruffy looking teenagers?!

neomyrtus said...

What a nice, albeit scruffy little junior.

Magda said...

Have a lovely 2011 Easter Snail,
Good wishes from Magda(Australia)

Magda said...

Just stopped by to say hello Snail,
Do hope all is well with you and those you love and care about.
Hugs and good wishes from Magda(Australia)

Snail said...

Hi Magda. All is well here. I have been instructed by a friend to get back to blogging, so I'd better do as I'm told!

Hugs back at ya!

forestwalk/laura k said...

YES! been thinking about you...keep checking in here...and see these awesome birds...which is fine with me...BUT i wonder if everything's ok! SO i'll 'ditto' what Magda said...and look forward to wandering a new adventure...HERE! :] laura

Snail said...

Laura, I've been around and keeping up with everyone else, but not doing much here!