Family: Psittacidae (Parrots, 40 species in Australia)
Size: 42 cm
Distribution: Within about 300 km of the coast of NSW and most of VIC and Southern QLD
Habitat: Moist, tall forests, and adjacent farmlands. Orchards, parks and gardens in autumn and winter
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Australian King-Parrot is a fairly common bird in some parts of the Blue Mountains, but not seen nearly as often as the Crimson Rosella. They are larger than rosellas and the sexes are obviously different.
The male (pictured below) has a red head while the female has a green head and does not have the "fluoro" bright green stripe on the side like the male does.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1750 x 2735)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2000 x 2967)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1899 x 1488)
Some Birdwatching Resources
Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.
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