Australian King Parrot~

Even the females are kings!

Female Kings have green heads and red bodies.

Males are the only Australian parrot with a completely red head.

Although king parrots appear red and green to us,

birds have an extra cone in their eyes that enable them to see ultraviolet wavelengths.

Under ultraviolet light, some of the King Parrots wing feathers glow with golden light, like a crown.

King Parrots mate for life and often are seen in pairs like these two.

Cheers to you from the beautiful Aussie kings~

206 thoughts on “Australian King Parrot~

  1. Conspicuous in their flamboyance, they make a very striking couple Cindy. Such panache! 😀

    For some quirky reason I’m reminded of ‘his’ and ‘hers’ towels in a newly-wed’s first home 😀

    Have a wonderful week,

    Take care 🙏

    DN

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    • Well, they are a color coordinated, matching set….. Mother Nature was feeling especially artistic with the parrot species. They look just like something designed by the world’s most talented designer. Be well my friend 🦜

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  2. These parrots are so gorgeous! When I was in Kauai recently, I was reacquainted with the thousands of green-coated parakeets who live in the South end of the island. They roost at night in palm trees near resorts and make a heck of a noise as they “return to the roost.’

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    • Yah, how amazing is that? Birds are already the most colorful creatures on the planet, according to our eyes, and they see more color spectrum than us? How groovy is that? ❤ 🦜

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  3. Beautiful. I wonder if that extra cone makes the male parrot look as if he has a halo!
    Last year I saw an Indigo Bunting for the first time. They only fly through our area.

    Though our nights are still chilly spring is on the way! And with Daylight Savings we have more daylight! Cheers, Jules

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  4. I love seeing Australian King Parrots — they’re so bright and colorful, easy to identify and big birds. Your photos here are excellent, and I really liked hearing that they see each other in golden light. So royal.

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