Male King Parrot At Cedar Creek. Qld, Australia.

Ralph de Zilva

Cedar Creek, Australia

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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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