THE KING PARROT PROFILE
The Australian King Parrot is endemic to eastern Australia ranging from Cooktown in Queensland to Port Campbell in Victoria.
The adult males are very striking in appearance with a red head, breast, and lower undersides, with a blue lower back, and green wings and tail. They have a reddish-orange upper beak with a black tip and a black lower beak, and yellow eye ring. Unpaired, younger males can been seen in medium sized groups. Females are similar in appearance except for a green head and breast, a black upper beak, and paler yellow eye ring. Juveniles of both sexes resemble the females. Adults of both sexes are very majestic birds, typically 42 c m (16 inches) in length including a long tail.
In captivity, Australian King Parrots live an average of 25 to 30 years with proper care
Australian King Parrots are not overly affectionate birds, and most tend to prefer not to be handled. While there is the occasional exception, it is rare for an Australian King Parrot to bond as strongly with their owners in the same way that cockatoos and some other parrot species do. This is not to say that these birds are anti-social, on the contrary, many Australian King Parrots do enjoy interacting with their owners and even learn to say a few words. But if you are looking for a cuddly parrot, then this is not the best species for you.
Although these are large parrots, Australian King Parrots are known to be among the more quiet
parrot species and they tend to not scream in the same manner as the other large hook bills such as Macaws. Instead, they tend to pleasantly vocalise at an audible but very agreeable level and will entertain their owners with their whistles and chatter. When properly socialised and motivated, Australian King Parrots can learn to talk, but they are not especially noted for remarkable speaking ability.
CARING FOR THE AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT
Although the vast majority of Australian King Parrots prefer minimal handling, they can be hand-tamed by patient owners and are reported to be among the most gentle large parrots in the world. This is not to say that an Australian King Parrot will never bite, because all parrots have potential to bite. However, these birds generally prefer more peaceful methods of interacting with their human caretakers.
The Australian King Parrot is a very acrobatic bird that requires a large cage or aviary. An ideal environment is an enclosure 3 to 6 feet wide and 12 to 15 feet long. If kept in a smaller enclosure, this bird will require a lot of out-of-cage exercise each day.
In the wild, Australian King Parrots feast on a diet of fruits, nuts, berries, seeds, and flowers. In captivity, as with all pet birds, proper nutrition is essential to a king parrot's health. We offer our birds a high-quality commercial pellet and seed mix, supplemented with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables such as corn, carrots, mango, bananas, and leafy greens like spinach. Although high in fat, nut treats such as almonds and brazil nuts are a favourite of these birds. Whole grains like oats, millet, and quinoa are also readily accepted at feeding time.
A list of approve foods is given in our adoption packs when one of our hand raised birds heads off to its new home.
Australian King Parrots, being large birds, need plenty of room to exercise. These birds love to climb, swing, and chew, so a very large cage with plenty of safe toys is the optimum environment for them. Although they generally don't crave human interaction as much as some other parrot species, they still require a minimum of 3 to 4 hours of supervised out-of-cage playtime per day. This should take place in a large "bird-proof" area of your home, as Australian King Parrots are very curious and intelligent and can get themselves into trouble if precautions aren't taken to ensure their safety.