I Met This Really Friendly Bird the Other Day

Obviously this isn’t the 70s anymore so nobody, but nobody, misunderstood and everybody knows for sure that the friendly bird, indeed beautiful bird that I met the other day can fly through the air with ease and likes to chirp.

So, let’s start with a picture, just so that you can see how beautiful this bird really is…

Beautiful birdHe is a beauty, isn’t he? And I know it is a he, because I checked it out, but I’ll get to that in a minute. First though, let me tell you what it is.

Australian king parrot

Yes, it’s a king parrot, or to give it its full name, an Australian king parrot. I met this beauty when I was feeding a dog in a back garden not far from where we live. Regular readers may have spotted the occasional reference (and this is another one) to the local pet care service Mrs Bob and I run.

Anyway, having fed said dog, I was leaving the premises via the back garden gate. I glanced up to the carport roof and saw this beautiful king parrot perching on the edge and chirping, as they do.

I looked up at him, he looked down at me, and then he flew down and landed on the garden fencing right next to where I was standing as if to say hello…

King parrot on fence

King parrot on fenceHe then shuffled up the fence, sideways, to get a little closer…

King parrot gets closer

King parrot gets closerSo I said to him, “You’re a little beauty, just stay there a minute, I’m going to get my camera (I didn’t really have a camera in the car, but I did have my smartphone; but I was pretty sure he hadn’t heard of those things and I didn’t want to confuse him) out of the car to take some pics“. Yes, I really did say that, I like to talk to animals.

So I made my way over to my car, opened the door, and again this king parrot flew over to join me…

King parrot on car  1

King parrot on car  2

King parrot on car  3

King parrot on car As you can see, he was quite happy to pose for photos.

Obviously I didn’t get toooo close, or try to get him to perch on my hand or anything stupid like that, because this is Australia. This parrot, as beautiful as he is, surely has some kind of devious way of killing me instantly if he wants to?

Despite the dangers though, I continue to absolutely love the Australian wildlife. Nothing like this ever happened to me in the UK, but then it wouldn’t; Australian king parrots (clue is in the title) are only found in Australia.

How did I know it is a ‘he’?

I almost forgot. I know this is a he parrot because of his red chest and head. Female king parrots have a green breast and head. Both have red bellies with green backs and wings.

That’s the way it is in the king parrot world. He’s a boy. Still beautiful though and as I’ve said so many times before, Australia’s beautiful wildlife far outweighs the scary stuff.

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  • yvette September 20, 2016, 12:54 am | Link

    I live in Melbourne and just a few days ago as I was leaving for work around 7am, a beautiful and very healthy looking bird flew down and landed on the roof gutter above me. I later found out it was a female Australian King Parrot. I have never seen one of these birds in my area before. Anyway, I spoke to and she flew down near me and landed on a chair. She looked like she was quite comfortable being near me. Well, she heard a group large birds nearby (I think maybe cockatoos) and this seemed to scare her so she flew away. I must say it was a lovely experience and gee she was beautiful. Lots of pretty green with some little bits of colours like blue and orange.

    • BobinOz September 20, 2016, 8:44 pm | Link

      Sounds almost exactly like my experience with the King parrot here, apart from no cockatoos around spooking my bird. Mine was also very friendly around me and the colours were stunning.

      They are a joy to have around.

  • Jade December 13, 2015, 12:55 pm | Link

    I don’t understand your reference to the 70’s :/

    • BobinOz December 14, 2015, 7:29 pm | Link

      Ah, let me clear that up for you. I was hoping nobody would ask, to be honest. Anyway, back in the 70s, certainly in the UK, geezers (that’s blokes) would often refer to their girlfriends as ‘birds’.

      Yes, shocking, but you should have seen the flares, that’s trousers with great big wide flared bottoms, they were even worse 🙂

  • Snoskred September 22, 2015, 1:34 pm | Link

    They love sunflower seeds. 🙂 Not that I would feed them regularly or anything like that, because That Is Bad.

    • BobinOz September 23, 2015, 12:36 am | Link

      Correct. Never EVER feed the wildlife, it is truly bad to do so. Although, I have to say, this fellow was so cute that if I’d have had some sunflower seeds on me, they would all have been his 🙂

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