13 October, 2009

Australian King Parrot

Scientific Name: Alisterus scapularis

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Endemic to Australia where found year-round in a variety of dry habitats (from savannah to forest to artificial landscapes) on the eastern edge of the country.

Field Notes: Large, long-tailed parrot with red, unmarked head and belly. Wings green and tail blue. Unmistakable in range.

Personal Notes: Originally seen outside our friend Andy's house near Sydney. A frequent visitor to his porch where it waited patiently for food. Later seen at Australian National Botanical Gardens in Canberra, Australia.  

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