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|Australian King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis|
|Male King Parrot at Batemans Bay, NSW.|
|Male (on the left) and female (on the right) King Parrot.|
Male and female Australian King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis - have distinctly different colour schemes. Males are predominantly scarlet and dark green with red upper beak; females are predominantly green with orange-scarlet underbelly. Size; 42 to 44 centimetres.
Lives in pairs or in small flocks. Very wary in the wild.
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Distributed along the east coast from central Victoria to south-east Queensland (version scapularis) and along the Queensland coast to Cooktown (version minor). Keeps to heavier coastal and mountain forests in breeding season; this includes rainforest, eucalypt forests, palm forest, dense river-edge forest and closely adjoining eucalyptus woodlands.
After nesting King Parrots are found in lowland farmlands, shelter-belts, parks and gardens.
Fairly widespread and sedentary but unevenly distributed within its range.
|Female King Parrot feeding on the ground at Munghorn Gap, near Moree, NSW.|
|Male King Parrot at Munghorn Gap, near Moree, NSW.|