Female King Parrot At Cedar Creek. Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

Female King Parrot At Cedar Creek. Queensland, Australia. by 


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The King Parrots are three species of medium-sized parrots in the genus Alisterus; the Australian King Parrot, the Papuan King Parrot, and the Moluccan King Parrot. The three species are found in Eastern Australia, New Guinea, and Indonesian islands including the Maluku islands respectively. Predominantly of red and green plumage.
King parrots are medium-sized parrots, 35–43 cm (14–17 in) in length with long-broad tails. They have relatively small beaks for their size. The beaks of the adults are two colours, blackish and orange-reddish, except for the subspecies buruensis of the Moluccan King Parrot which has a grey-black beak, and female Australian King Parrot which has a grey beak.
The Papuan King Parrot and the Australian King Parrot show sexual dimorphism in their plumage and beak colouration, which contrast to the Moluccan King Parrot where the male and female have an identical external appearance.
The two subspecies of the Australian King Parrot are similar except in size. The male has a red head and neck, red lower parts, blue back and rump, and green wings, each with a pale-green band (resembling a shoulder stripe). In the female, the head is green, the green being continuous over the neck, chest, and back. There is red plumage over the lower abdomen, and the pale-green wing band is small or absent.

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Comments

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 2 years ago

    Keeping feathers clean and tidy.. :)

  • Thank you Dominika for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    She looks very pretty, all fluffed up as she is and showing her beautiful colors!

  • Thanks very much, Celeste for the terrific comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mike Shell
    Mike Shellover 2 years ago

    Beautiful, as always, Ralph.

  • Thanks very much, Mike for your terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • branko stanic
    branko stanicover 2 years ago

    Great…

  • Thank you, Branko.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Janone
    Janoneover 2 years ago

    Perfectly Captured, Ralph.
    My compliments.!
    Jan

  • Appreciate your kind comment and fave, Jan.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured.

  • Thank very much Julie for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenover 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot Ralph.

  • Thanks very much, Warren for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    Strikingly different from the male, hers is a quieter kind of beauty!

  • You’re right, Kathryn, she is very beautiful as well. Thanks for the comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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