ECLECTUS PARROT (Eclectus roratus)

Eclectus Parrot – female

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).

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) – male

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.

NOT A GOOD SHOT PER SE, BUT IT DOES SHOW A BIT OF THEIR UNDERWING COLOUR.

The juveniles are duller in colour and have a brownish beak.

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RED-RUMPED PARROT (Psephotus haematonotus)

Spring is the time to see the Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus) grazing in the nearby parkland, especially Pipemaker’s Park, only about 15 minutes walk from my home.

They always seem to travel in pairs, although it’s the blue male that I’ve captured in the nearby parkland below.

They’re a medium-small long-tailed parrot with the male having upper parts bright green, with green breast and bright yellow underbelly.  The long tail is green above and grey below. Wings green with rump prominent and distinctive in flight.  I remember once seeing about a dozen in flight behind my current apartment building next to Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve, but have never managed to capture them flying overhead.

The female is more olive-green with a green rump and quite dull in comparison.

I first saw them in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne (below), but only once in all the years I lived in the area.

Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)

They were a regular sight in Abbotsford along the river to the north-east  of inner Melbourne, when I lived for 20 months next to the Yarra River and National Park area…….especially in the grass next to the walking path through the Collingwood Children’s Farm.   The images below are probably the closest I’ve ever managed to get to them.

They’re not the sort of bird species I’d expect to see on my balcony though.

Since I deleted the archives on this blog and started afresh, I have a more comprehensive index on the right-hand side of this page and eventually, I hope to have posted and described every bird I’ve photographed over the last 8 years since I took up photography.

It’ll take me a while, but at least the index is an easy way to find each bird species.

AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT (Alisterus scapularis)

The Australian King Parrot is a large distinctive, broad-tailed parrot found in gardens, farmland, forest and woodlands of most sorts, especially if damp.

The male has a plain scarlet head and body with dark green wings, a dark blue rump and distinctive long bluish-black tail.  The female is predominantly green with a scarlet belly and undertail coverts.

My younger brother feeds them regularly on his small farm located past the Dandenong Ranges (overlooking the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne), so it was pretty easy to get some photos.

Here’s a couple more shots from Melbourne Zoo.