King Parrot Rose Garden – These birds are one of the most spectacular and never fail to take your breath away. This beautiful female was found foraging in the rose garden. Blue Mountains photographer Tom Walsh, managed to take this image in his own garden.
Being a large, brilliantly coloured bird, king parrots are conspicuous and never fail to impress, irrespective of how familiar they may be to the observer. The adult male is a particularly striking bird having a bright scarlet head, neck, breast and abdomen, dark green mantle, back and wings, longitudinal turquoise-green stripe on the wing coverts, dark blue lower back and rump, black tail feathers and a red upper mandible, tipped black. The adult female has a dark green head, wings and back, dull green throat and upper breast tinged red, scarlet lower breast and abdomen, faint pale green wing stripe, blue lower back and rump, tinged green and a dark brown mandible.