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…
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…
So 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…
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.