On safari-- wildlife and nature photos

Purple-crowned lorikeets
Purple-crowned lorikeets
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Land of parrots
Aussie birds 2

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Blue-winged parrot
Blue-winged parrot
Musk lorikeet
Musk lorikeet

Moving on to some of Australia's many species of parrots and cockatoos. They're among the world's most entertaining and affectionate creatures, none more so than the galah Cacatua roseicapilla below

What do you say?   I'll scratch your head   Then you scratch mine
"You scratch my head, and I'll scratch yours"

Galahs mate for life. This pair was photographed grooming each other one early morning in the Adelaide Hills. I thought the series should have a humorous caption

Galahs were among Australian wild birds which delighted American nature writer Robert Michael Pyle on a visit to Perth
See his words here ⇒

More photographs of galahs and other parrots in the wild can be seen in Outback wildlife

Rainbow lorikeets    Rainbow lorikeets     Rainbow lorikeet    Acrobat    Blue on green

Then there's the Rainbow lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus (above) one of the most spectacularly coloured parrots which has readily colonised many Australian urban areas. It feeds mainly on pollen and nectar. A rear view, concealing some of its vivid colours in suitably green surroundings, provides an unusual and interesting photographic capture of this bird

More lorikeet images can be seen in a slideshow of birds which are frequent visitors to my home garden...along with honeyeaters, the lorikeets are the most common. Click on the image to see the slideshow

Crimson rosella   Yellow-race Crimson rosella   Eastern rosella   Adelaide rosella   Adelaide rosella    Purple-crowned lorikeets partying   Musk lorikeets

Above left, a Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans) on Kangaroo Island and an example of the yellow race of the Crimson (P. e. flaveolus) , photographed in Victoria. Next, an Eastern rosella (Platycercus eximius), photographed in the Adelaide Hills; then an Adelaide rosella (Platycercus e. fleurieuensis), photographed in an Adelaide garden. It's a naturally-occurring hybrid of the Crimson and Yellow rosellas. There are more photographs of the Crimson rosella in my Kangaroo Island and Victoria chapters. Links can be found at the bottom of this page. Common in my garden are little Purple-crowned lorikeets (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala), and slightly bigger Musk lorikeets (Glossopsitta concinna). Both species are blossom feeders, like the Rainbow lorikeet

Sulphur-crested cockatoo    Sulphur-crested cockatoo   Sulphur-crested feeding time    Little corellas, photo ŠYvonne Milbank   Little corellas   Long-billed corella ŠYvonne Milbank

Groups of large Sulphur-crested cockatoos (Cacatua galarita) frequent the creek reserve nearby, and the Long-billed corella (Cacatua tenuirostris) has been seen there too. Huge flocks of Little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) can be seen in the Outback. These were photographed at the Menindee lakes near Broken Hill

Australian ringneck  Australian ringneck

A nesting pair of Australian ringnecks (Barnardius zonarius), possibly hybrids of the semitorquatus (Twenty-eight parrot) and barnardi (Mallee ringneck) races of this species

Blue-winged parrot     Princess parrot     Regent parrot    Elegant parrot     Major Mitchell cockatoo    Mulga parrot    Mallee ringneck    Cloncurry ringneck    Red-tailed black cockatoo    Yellow-tailed black cockatoo    Gang-gang cockatoo

A Blue-winged parrot (Neophema chrysostoma) photographed in Victoria; a Princess parrot (Polytelis alexandrae), a Regent parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus) and an Elegant parrot (Neophema elegans), all photographed at Cleland Wildlife Park in the Adelaide Hills; a Major Mitchell or pink cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri), a Mulga parrot (Psephotus varius), and a Mallee ringneck (Barnardius barnardi), all seen in the mallee country near Danggali Conservation Park; a Cloncurry ringneck, race macgillivrayi , and Red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) , both photographed at the Melbourne Zoo; a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus), photographed at Goolwa on South Australia's central south coast (this is a female- note the differences from the male at the top of this page); and a Gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) , seen at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary in Victoria

Palm cockatoo  Male eclectus parrot  Female eclectus parrot

Australia's biggest cockatoo is the Palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus). It's also the only one with wholly dark plumage. Its home is the top of Cape York Peninsula, but this one was photographed at the Adelaide Zoo as were the Eclectus parrots (Eclectus roratus) from the same part of tropical Australia. The male is the green one, the female red

More Australian birds: Raptors    Honeyeaters & others    Waterbirds
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