Australian parrots are quite gregarious, noisy and very colorful.
Their cousins, the cockatoos, are a bit less so in every respect, although they too can be noisy when they are in large flocks.
This page has photos of only some of the many varieties of parrots, cockatoos, and lorikeets in Australia.
There are more Australian birds on our page Brisbane Birds. The quite beautiful Crimson Rosellas... like the one shown in the photo below, are a common variety of parrot.
© Gavin Tapp | Flickr.com - Crimson Rosellas
They can be found throughout most of Australia's south-eastern corner, and all the way up to the Brisbane area. Like most parrots, once they are used to people they will feed happily from garden feeders.
They may even feed straight from your hand if they have been tamed. Many people who live in Brisbane put out the special wild bird seed, that is widely sold here.
The specially designed bird feeders in their gardens are located high enough up off the ground so that the local cats can't reach the birds.
This makes them popular with kids, and the wildlife parks encourage children to feed them and have their photo taken with them. One of the many things all visitors to Australia notice are the parrots. There are so many and so many different ones, you'll never see them all in one trip.
The pink and grey Galahs, seen in the picture below on the left, are extremely common around Brisbane and its environs. You will often find them living in large flocks in tall trees, especially in parks.
They're sometimes called rose-breasted cockatoos, and you'll see when touring Australia. They're found everywhere except in the very center of the Outback. They're gregarious and ground-loving so you'll see them on roadsides, in fields and parks. they love to forage on the ground under trees that are dropping seeds that they like to eat.
Liz takes her grandsons to the park and the birds will often fly down and land on the ground only metres away from them. Especially if what is on the ground is something they like.
Her grandson sometimes thinks he will be able to pat one, and moves towards them very quietly. But they always fly off before he can touch them!
To learn more about Australian Parrots, visit the
Brisbane-based Parrot Society of Australia.
Another kind of cockatoo is the sulphur crested cockatoos, in the picture above on the right. These are a common sight along the eastern and northern Australian coast.
They're fairly noisy too, flying in packs from tree to tree looking for nuts and seeds. Down on the ground, they also tear up roots with their powerful bills and can even damage wooden decks or panels around houses.
Rainbow lorikeets are probably the most common lorikeets around. This parrot cousin is popular in wildlife parks and other zoos where feeding the lorikeets is fun for the kids. You'll often see them in trees in the parks along the foreshores of the Redcliffe Peninsula, and they are so noisy!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is one place you can join in and O'Reilly's in Lamington Park is another. You'll see them whenever you visit eastern Australia, including the northern and southern coasts on the eastern side.
After the white cockatoo above, here's a black cockatoo. Not as common or as widespread, and many do not consider them to be as pretty as the white. They are fairly uncommon, and you'll only see the black cockatoo around Brisbane out in the forested areas.
And that's the reason there's fewer of them. They eat very selectively from a limited number of trees and not from feeders. As the forested areas dwindle, so goes the black cockatoo.
It's a drama that has been played out all over the world these past 200 years as deforestation significantly reduces the habitat for native flora and fauna. Not only are we destroying their homes, in many areas of Australia some native species including some Australian Parrots, are treated as pests and often are subject to culls.
Many of the species of birds, animals and plants that astounded early settlers of Australia are either already gone or soon will be. I've no doubt this trend will continue until we're the only creatures left on the planet.