Parrots commonly seen around Elanora

by ianw3

The parrots illustrated below are commonly seen and were photographed in Elanora, QLD. Australia. Getting them to smile is not always guaranteed — they are wild and free.

The first featured is probably the best known Rainbow Lorikeet. They are a favourite in the local wildlife parks and are fairly used to being around people. Some locals attract them to their verandahs by regularly putting out small trays of seeds. My favored local supplier of pet needs and advice is Enrique of Pets Wonderland in Currumbin Creek Road.

rainbow lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet – Ian Walker

The Galah is common throughout Australia. They have a reputation for clowning and when people get silly, they can be referred to as ‘silly Galahs’.

Galah - Ian Walker

Galah – Ian Walker

The Australian King Parrot is found all along the East Coast of Australia. Photo below is the male. The female has a green head

Australian King Parrot - Ian Walker

Australian King Parrot – Ian Walker

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is again found on the entire East Coast. Here seen eating palm seeds alongside bees.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Ian Walker

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet – Ian Walker

The Pale-Headed Rosella is seen from mid to north east coast. They are fairly variable in appearance but are distinguished by their lack of colour on their heads.

 

Pale-Headed Rosella - Ian Walker

Pale-Headed Rosella – Ian Walker

The Eastern Rosella seen here is common from this area right down to the south east coast. They interbreed with the above pale-headed parrot which may explain the variable appearance of these rosellas.

Eastern Rosella Ian Walker

Eastern Rosella Ian Walker

 

All for now, I’ll add some more local flavour soon.

Ian

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  • Robert Fourier
    May 20, 2014

    I have been surprised at the fabulous pictures of the birds – are they all local to 4221 ? the quality of the photos are are those you would find in a book on birds – where area in 4221 were they taken ? Have you any other pictures or picture stories you can put on line ? – I have been talking to others who have visited the site but have not commented but they are talking about it .

  • ianw3
    June 3, 2014

    Thanks for the comment Robert. The pictures were all taken in the southern part of Elanora which still retains a good portion of native trees. I am preparing another post on other birds commonly seen in this area.

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