This little fellow is part of the parakeet family, although beautiful to look at, he is supposedly a problem to farmers eating up the wheat crop. He is the Australian galah and is seen frequently in Southern Australia, Queensland and more specifically, in my mother-in-laws' neighborhood, on the footpath.
It's no wonder my mother-in-law has a heap of birds around her home, she spoon feeds them chicken and beef mince! Notice the spoon approaching the magpie above!
Jac, my mother-in-law, has a back garden that is full of flowers such as bouganvilla, bottle brush, oleander, and hibiscus. She also has a grape arbor across a stone patio leading out of her bedroom. These grapes attract all kinds of birds.
I didn't have to wait too long for this Noisy Miner to come pecking around for grapes. Her arbor was a welcome buffet for this bird.
Her Oleander was exquisite and attracted many different species of feathered friends. Below are the laughing kookaburra that wake us each morning. TheY arrive in pairs in mid-day looking for their hand outs.
Humm, notice the bit of mince laying on the patio next to the kookaburra and he isn't taking notice.
Probably one of my favorite birds of Australia is the next one because of it's delightful coloring. The lorakeet along with the cockatu are native to Australia and can be seen with a keen eye.
Image by di_the_huntress via Flickr