Real World Gardener Australian King Parrots are Wildlife in Focus

September 7th, 2014

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with ecologist Sue Stevens


Some people say that  the Australian King Parrot birds  aren’t appreciated in Australia as much as they are overseas; in fact, there’s still so much to learn about them. (our .)The Australian King Parrot is  probably overlooked, partly because they are so easily obtained in this country, either legally or heaven forbid through trapping.

They are one of the most beautiful and striking looking birds that we have.

As one colleague said, "every time she sees the King Parrot, he takes her breath away.


Let’s find out what’s great about this bird.

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Did you know that it takes nearly three years for the male king parrot to develop his full coloured feathers.

Before that he resembles the predominantly green female.King Parrots seem to be mainly territorial and tend to remain within aquite small area.

They congregate at communal roosts at dusk but scatter inpairs or small groups to forage in the early morning.

They seldom form large flocks.

King parrots are a wary bird, always fly quickly to cover and fly  generally, where the densest trees are.

Having said that, shortly after this went to segment went to air, I discovered a pair of King Parrots in my Macadamia tree.

Probably after the immature Macadamia nuts.

The female parrot was definitely more wary and stayed high up in the tree,

Definitely a mostly green colouring for her.

King Parrot in Macadamia tree.

The male King Parrot was curious and started to make his way closer to see what this black thing was pointing at him (my camera.)

I probably overstayed my welcome and they eventually flew off in a straight line towards the west.

On the other hand when a bird in the bush lets out an alarm call while the Kings are flying, they’ll suddenly fly erratically with twists and sudden changes in directions.

If you have any questions or photos about King Parrots, drop us a line to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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