Rachel2

Rachel2

Posted on 09/06/2014


Photo taken on August 16, 2014

1/160 f/7.1 100.0 mm ISO 400

PENTAX K-5

smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR


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king parrot

king parrot
Alisterus scapularis, Australian king parrot, male.

Females are similar to males except that they have a completely green head and breast. Juvenile plumage is similar to the female. Both sexes have a red belly and a green back, with green wings and a long green tail. Although King-Parrots appear distinctly red and green to humans, when viewed under ultraviolet light, some feathers on the wings appear with a prominent yellow glow. Many birds have four types of cone in their retina, (compared to only three in humans) and see into the ultraviolet wavelengths.

King parrots are normally encountered in pairs or family groups.

King-Parrots are found along the east coast and Great Dividing Range in Australia. Their natural habitat is rainforest or tall eucalypt forest but they also visit gardens. The King-Parrot mostly feed in trees on seeds and fruit.

I am not quite sure why the feathers on the breast are quite so ruffled.

No 42 100X: 2014 Project Topic: Natural History

Tim Hanko, Aixa, Jenny Thynne, Rafael and 14 other people have particularly liked this photo


13 comments - The latest ones
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
adorable colourful capture, great portrait and background !
3 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Decked out in his best royal color combo =) Nicely captured!
3 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
what a nice guy !
3 years ago.
annsofic
annsofic
Gorgeous!
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Stunning photo.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Beautifully taken, Rachel. These are right up there among my favourites. :)
3 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Admirable,avec de remarquables couleurs..!
3 years ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! WHAT A BEAUTY!!!!!! You must have been so excited to get a picture of this lovely bird, fantastic!
3 years ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Really splendid ! ******
3 years ago.
Elene
Elene
Yes, they visit my garden too ,good shot *
3 years ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
magnifique****************
3 years ago.
Misou 49
Misou 49
Splendide !
3 years ago.
Tadeusz Tale
Tadeusz Tale
Splendid!!!!
3 years ago.