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Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) | by David Cook Wildlife Photography
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Australian King-Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

Wamboin, NSW, Australia. Male.


We've lived here for 26 years and had never had an Australian King-Parrot on our bird list, until now. A few weeks ago we became aware of an AKP call coming from the garden and rushed out to find it. Not only did we find this handsome male, but also his mate (females are green). What's more, they flew over to us, expecting to be fed (which we did, how could you resist?). Since then they've been back several times - they fly in and sit on the garden furniture outside the window and look in expectantly. It's apparent that they are quite used to being fed. We do know of a property not that far away that have as many as 17 King-Parrots coming to their bird feeder, so we are assuming this pair are from that mob, possibly moving through the area to try and find a breeding hollow. They may even be aviary escapees, although neither bird is banded.

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Taken on August 6, 2012