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AUSTRALASIAN Temperate Forest & Woodlands

The incredible diversity and colour of Australia's temperate forest and woodland parrots...

Order Psittaciformes: Parrots, including Cockatoos & Lorikeets

The parrots of Australia's temperate forests range include white, black, pink, blue, and even species with every colour of the rainbow!

Family Cacatuidae: Cockatoos

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).

(Kings Park, Australia).

Zanda latirostris, 'Carnaby's Black Cockatoo'.

Family Psittaculidae: 'True Parrots'

'Red-capped Parrot' (John Forrest National Park).

'Ringneck Parrot', Eighty-eight race, (Whiteman Park).

Platycercus spp. 'Rosellas'

These parrots were named for a suburb called Rose Hill where they were commonly seen; over time their name morphed from "Rose Hiller" to "Rosella".

(Nornalup, Western Australia)

Platycercus icterotis, 'Western Rosella' male.

Western Rosella (image by Damon Ramsey)(Nornalup, Western Australia)

Platycercus icterotis, 'Western Rosella' female.

Neophema spp.

Small green parrots with a bill relatively flat to the face, that gives the head a stumpy un-parrot like profile

Neophema elegans, 'Elegant (Grass) Parrot' (Dryandra). Strange 'flat' face profile. Found in woodlands in south western and central southern  Australia.


Parrots that slurp on nectar with brush-tipped tongues.

Trichoglossus moluccanus'Rainbow Lorikeet' (Kings Park).

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Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly as Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.