This large, unmistakable, short-tailed parrot is only found in the far northern tip of tropical Queensland (Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea and the Moluccas).
It’s highly unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colours of the plumage; the male having mostly bright emerald-green feathers and the female mostly bright red and purple/blue colour.
We have a couple in Melbourne Zoo’s Great Aviary and they are best friends with the lovely pink Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo featured in the previous post. Here’s a repeat of those images……
They seem to all live in, or around, the same tree stump in the Great Aviary and at times seem to actually ‘talk’ to each other, OR groom each other’s necks.
It took me quite a few zoo visits before I realised they seem to share their food and what looks like……passing nuts to eat other, or eating the same nut together? Hard to say exactly.
I imagine they would be very easy to see in even the most lush tropical tree foliage.
The juveniles are duller in colour and have a brownish beak.