a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
The incredible diversity and colour of Australia's temperate forest and woodland parrots...
The parrots of Australia's temperate forests range include white, black, pink, blue, and even species with every colour of the rainbow!
This family includes about 21 species. They are mostly found in Australia and New Guinea, with a few species in Indonesia and one in the Philippines.
Cockatoos usually have a bare colourful patch on the face around the eye, a periophthalmic ring, which gives them a sleepy or surprised expression. While the colour of the female's eye varies, apparently all male cockatoos have brown irises.
Cockatoos have strong bills which are used for breaking hard fruits to predate on the seeds. They have muscular tongues that can further manipulate their food.
Cockatoos are very sociable. But this doesn't mean they always get on, and they can have noisey fights. Even their friendly contacts calls can include ear-splitting screeches.
Eolophus roseicapilla, 'Galah' (Kings Park).
Calyptorhynchus latirostris, 'Carnaby's Black Cockatoo' (Kings Park, Australia).
'Red-capped Parrot' (John Forrest National Park).
'Ringneck Parrot', Eighty-eight race, (Whiteman Park).
Neophema elegans, 'Elegant (Grass) Parrot' (Dryandra). Strange 'flat' face profile. Found in woodlands in south western and central southern Australia.
Trichoglossus moluccanus, 'Rainbow Lorikeet' (Kings Park).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.