Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Parrot party

Monday and Tuesday in the Melicope tree.

Adult male
I do not think that any country in the world is richer than Australia in different species of the parrot tribe; and brilliant as many of them are in their colours, to my fancy there is none to equal the King Parrot (Aprosmictus scapulatus of naturalists*), nearly the size of the magpie at home; the body colour of a rich glossy purple green, with a breast of flaming red. The king parrot, as he floats from one green tree to another, is one of the most splendid objects in the Australian bush...
"An Old Bushman", 1865
The Intellectual Observer


Adult female (and below)


Juvenile male

Camera shy

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*Now Alisterus scapularis

11 comments:

Mainly mongoose (Lynda) said...

Lovely photos.
Parrots are the one thing I seriously miss about Australia (street trees alive with rosellas and lorikeets, and waking - like it or not - to a fly-over of sulphur-cresteds). Some of the starlings here give very parrot-like calls, and each time I hear them I can't stop myself going out to check, just in case...

mick said...

I know there are king parrots around here but I've only seen one in my garden once. I wonder if I am not looking in the right places or at the right times. I certainly don't hear them making raucous noises - maybe that's why I'm not seeing more??
Your photos are great - the range of birds and wildlife up there is fantastic.

Snail said...

Lynda, are your starlings those spectacular multi-coloured ones? Amazing looking birds.

Snail said...

Mick, they pop in here every now and then, but they're not frequent visitors to this garden.

As you say, they don't draw attention to themselves. This lot made little, gentle whistling noises to one another. Very understated. If I hadn't been looking out of the window, I wouldn't have known they were there.

Calling Ravens said...

Wow, they (and your photos of them) are just beautiful and that female is gorgeous!

Snail said...

They certainly light up a grey day in the forest!

forestwalk/laura k said...

those are gorgeous birds!!
seems to me that Australia has such an amazing diversity of ALL animals! it's a good thing i don't live there because i don't think i'd be able to do anything else...

sarala said...

They are all so gorgeous. We have one local parrot (an escapee species from Chile, I believe). Lately I can't figure out where there nests are but I hope to photo some someday.
I love your pics.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Bronwen,
Yep, no doubt about the Kingy being near the top of the list. We get them down here this time of year in good numbers. Not unusual to see a dozen or more in the garden or on the golf course.
Gouldiae.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled across your delightful and informative blog quite by accident Bronwen and am so pleased I did! I have read and enjoyed many of your posts (many of which are extremely humourous). Having moved almost a year ago from the Hunter Valley to Townsville, I thought I'd never see the beloved King parrot again. I had no idea they were visitors to the Tablelands, so there's nothing for it but a move, me-thinks!
I shall return again to read many more of your posts!
Rose

Snail said...

They are here, Rose! Closer to Townsville, I think you might be able to see them at Paluma too. (As if anyone needs an excuse to spend time at either Paluma or the Tablelands.)