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Male King Parrot At Cedar Creek. Qld, Australia.  by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G lens + Nikon 1.4X Teleconverter
Manfrotto 681B monopod

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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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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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

    I never tire of seeing your gorgeous Queensland birds, and the king parrots are surely among the most spectacular! I actually remember the very first one I ever saw, but it was from a lot farther away than this excellent portrait of yours.

  • I was beginning to wonder if I should slow down a bit with these bird images. I’m glad you haven’t got bored. I think I may submit something different tomorrow for a change. Thanks so much Celeste for the lovely compliment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

    Neat job, Ralph! :)

  • Thanks very much, Peter.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseabout 2 years ago

    Lovely shot Ralph. These guys are just so gorgeous.

  • Yes they are, thank you very much, Tracie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 2 years ago

    Featured Saturday 20 Oct 2012

    Beautiful work

  • Thanks very much, Steve for the feature.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 2 years ago


  • Thanks a lot, Luda for the comment an fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Janone
    Janoneabout 2 years ago

    Very colourful picture of this Beautiful bird, Ralph.
    I like your portfolio. Fave..!

  • Thanks so much, Jan for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding capture and Parrot.

  • Thank you, Julie for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • ArtChances
    ArtChancesabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! wonderful work!

  • Many thanks, Tammera for the feature and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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