Australian King Parrot II by Tom Newman

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Australian King Parrot at Grants Picnic ground Sherbrooke Forest Victoria Australia.
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. King parrots are normally encountered in pairs or family groups
The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is endemic to eastern Australia. It is found in humid and heavily forested upland regions of the eastern portion of the continent, including eucalyptus wooded areas in and directly adjacent to subtropical and temperate rainforest.
They feed on fruits, seeds or small insects.
In Australia, King Parrots are occasionally bred in aviaries and kept as calm and relatively quiet household pets if hand-raised. They are relatively unknown outside Australia. As pets, they have limited “talking” ability and normally prefer not to be handled, but they do bond readily to people and can be very devoted.
Life expectancy in the wild is unknown, but some pets have been known to live for up to 25 years.~ Wikipedia
D300; Nikkor 18-200mm ED VR
200 mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 400

212 V 25/02/10


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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • nishagandhi
    nishagandhiover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Nisha :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 4 years ago

    oh my hes a beauty !

  • Thanks Lu :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful capture. The colors are a perfect offset in the background to make this composition pop too.

  • Thanks Bunny appreciated :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture of this beautiful bird!! :D

  • Thanks Cee :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • PapasGirl
    PapasGirlover 4 years ago

    fantastic red..this is one beautiful bird..

  • Thanks PapasGirl :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    a most beautiful bird great shot LIZ

  • Thanks Liz :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Johnny P
    Johnny Pover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Tom, very beautiful parrots.

  • Thanks Johnny :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥Excellent capture Tom !!! :D ♥

  • Thanks Evita :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Bianca Turner
    Bianca Turnerover 4 years ago

    gorgeous !

  • Thanks Bianca :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature Nancy very much appreciated :-)

    – Tom Newman

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