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King Parrot

King Parrot
Photo Information
Copyright: Gethin Hill (inked) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Parrot Paradise, Parrot&Macaw, Red or Rosy Feathered Birds, My Bird Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 0:45
Viewed: 3608
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo of an Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) was taken at Lamington National Park, at O'reillys.. I'd just bought my first SLR the day before and this was one of the many photo's i took over that weekend, learning, experimenting, playing with my new toy =)

About the Australian King Parrot (from Birds in Backyards

What does it look like?

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
Seasonal movements

Largely sedentary.
What does it do?

The King-Parrot mostly forages in trees for seeds and fruit.

King-Parrots lay their eggs on a bed of decayed wood-dust at the bottom of a deep hollow in the trunk of a tree. Often the entrance is high in the tree (10 m) but the eggs are near the ground (0.5 m).
Living with us
Urban habitat requirements

The King-Parrot appears to be increasing in abundance in well-treed suburbs. In urban areas it feeds at artificial feeding stations and fruiting trees.

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Hello Gethin,
This is one beautiful king parrot in good perching position. Vibrant contrasting colors and details of this shot. You have a few birds captured so brilliantly.
Well done,

Hello Gethin,
Excellent composition, colours are well saturated and very good detail in the plumage, love the POV, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 20:35]

Hello Gethin

A beautiful and striking bird,the plumage detail is wonderful.The colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Well focused with sharp details,the plumage is well defined.
Excellent eye contact and POV.
Nicely placed in the frame.


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