Blink and you’ll miss her

This female Australian king parrot (Alisterus scapularis) and her partner had come down to eat the persimmons in our back yard. We never picked one piece of fruit off that tree, but it was worth it just to see these beautiful birds up close.

The more spectacular males have a red head and breast. I’ve read a story told by an Aboriginal elder, in which the king parrot got its red wings by carrying two burning firesticks.

I am interested in animals and their behaviour, which feature prominently in my writing, so it was rewarding to get a photo of this special, shy bird.

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I'm an Australian writer inspired by the environment and folklore of this great southern land. Having worked for many years in the animal industry, as a veterinary nurse, stablehand and puppy school teacher, my stories also explore animal behaviour and the human-animal bond.


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