Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday: Australian King Parrots & Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

Mount Nebo is a mountain approximately 18 km North West of the Brisbane suburb of The Gap in Queensland, Australia. It is part of the D'Aguilar Range which includes other mountains such as Mount Pleasant, Mount Glorious and Mount Mee.

At the "JM Jones Tearooms" on Mt Nebo, the trees are full of Australian King Parrots, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Rainbow Lorikeets. The tearooms provide cups of Sunflower seeds to feed the birds.

Male Australian King-Parrots are the only Australian parrots with a completely red head. Females are similar to males except that they have a completely green head and breast. Both sexes have a red belly and a green back, with green wings and a long green tail. King parrots are normally encountered in pairs or family groups.

Female:



Male: 


This cheeky male decided he would rather eat off my husbands hat than his hand.




The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. Sexes are similar, although the female can be separated at close range by its red-brown eye (darker brown in the male). This is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight. Young Sulphur-crested Cockatoos resemble the adults.




They are intelligent, very loud, mischievous and are often regarded as pests.


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14 comments:

diane b said...

Great captures. Love the cheeky look around the corner one.

Bas said...

wat staan ze er geweldig mooi op.

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous birds and photos! Enjoy your day!

janiceadcock said...

Oh, wow. Those are beautiful birds

Pauline W said...

Love your shots of the parrots and the cockatoos. I just have to see a photo of a Cockatoo to hear them inside my head. Once heard, never forgotten! I remember what they called a "rogue flock" at Sandgate years ago, the whole suburb was in fear of them.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the King-Parrots, excellent images.

EG CameraGirl said...

The birds in your world seem so exotic to me! Almost like a fairytale. ;))

Marie C said...

Pests...no!!! :-) What an amazing place where you can have such close encounters with such marvelous birds! They are beautiful, and I just loved seeing your wonderful photos!

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty birds!

Lisa Gordon said...

They are just beautiful, Liz.
I have a pet Umbrella Cockatoo. His name is Riley, and he is almost 12 years old now. He is such a big snuggle bug!

Stewart M said...

Splendid looking birds - I could not believe King Ps were so bright the first time I saw one.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

eileeninmd said...

I love all these birds, very cool you see them in the wild. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Linda said...

Gorgeous captures of beautiful birds!

Michael S-B said...

Wonderful memories from our early explorations. I remember days out with you like this, with great fondness :)

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