The distinctive 'whistle' of a beautiful Australian parrot often alerts us to its presence. We hear the King Parrot well before we see its vivid red and contrasting green feathers in amongst the silvery foliage of the olive trees that overhang our fence line. They come to feast, of course, on the ripening olive fruit. A free lunch!
A male Australian King Parrot with an olive in its beak.
Such pretty plumage!
The male King Parrot is easily spotted because of the vibrant red feathers that cover his head and breast. The female's head and wings are of a brighter green but she still has that flash of vivid red too.
A female King Parrot perches in the Plane Trees.
Nestled in among leaves of the trees.
It is a true joy to see these parrots in our garden. My photos, somewhat grainy today, don't do their colours justice so if you would like to see them in all their finery, and read a little more about them, you can visit this link to the Birds in Backyards page. (I hope to be able to capture clearer photos of them before the olives finish fruiting but they seem to sense when I'm near and fly off with their loud screeches echoing over the ridge.)
These stunning birds have been regular visitors to our garden over the last few weeks. Whenever we hear their 'whistles' on the wind, we rush out onto the verandah to see if we can catch a glimpse of these beautifully feathered friends. More often than not, they are in the olive trees!