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King Parrot

King Parrot
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Copyright: Richard Cridland (rcrick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 692 W: 40 N: 5] (68)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Kingston CF 1GB
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 7:20
Viewed: 4350
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male Australian King-Parrots are the only Australian parrots with a completely red head. Females are similar to males except that they have a completely green head and breast. Both sexes have a red belly and a green back, with green wings and a long green tail. They are normally encountered in pairs or family groups.

Similar species
The adult Crimson Rosella, Platycercus elegans, is similar to the male Australian King-Parrot, but differs by having blue cheeks, shoulders, and tail, a whitish, rather than red, bill and a dark eye. Immature Crimson Rosellas also differ from female and immature King-Parrots by having blue cheeks, a whitish bill and a more yellow-green rather than dark green colouring.

Where does it live?
King-Parrots are found along the east coast and ranges of Australia, ranging from Cooktown in Queensland through to Port Campbell in Victoria.

King-Parrots are usually found in rainforests or wet sclerophyll forests

Higgins, P.J. (ed) 1999. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 4 (Parrots to Dollarbird). Oxford University Press, Victoria.

Pizzey, G. and Knight, F. 1997. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.

Morcombe, M. 2000. Field guide to Australian Birds. Steve Parish Publishing.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-05-20 8:03]

Hi Rick
Very nice acapture and composition.
the dark BG is a must and make the vivid colours of the bird cames alive...
good details and POV
well done.

The colours in this shot are splendid and I agree with Taba that the dark background set this off perfectly

Beautiful color and composition! You Rock!

Hi Rick

We have these beautiful bright coloured guys at the Auckland Zoo. I find them very photogenic. You have done a super job here. The pose is great and the dark BG really enhances the image. Well done! :-)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-08-01 4:14]

Hi Rick,
Lovely portrait with a good focus,POV, sharpness, composition and great colors. The dark BG makes this colorful bird stand out very well. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Richard,
A good portrait with amazing details in the plumage!
The bright colours are well reproduced, excellent focus and the bird stands out well on the dark background!
Pablo -

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