King Parrots

Alisterus scapularis

King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) are large birds 41 to 44 centimetres long. Males and females are dramatically different in colour.

Males have bright scarlet heads and bodies. Wings are dark green with a pale green band. There are also flecks of light green on the wing margins. The tail is blue-black. Females are mostly dark green with red underside.

King Parrots are observed in pairs and flocks. They occur in eastern Australia from north Queensland to southern Victoria. King Parrots occupy both coastal and tableland areas.

King Parrots are frequent visitors to our cold climate garden where they are usually in pairs.

We have noticed that the patterns of light green wing markings are different in each male.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather