World Parrot Day

A celebration of the colourful and rare

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Top End, Australia. © Bronwen Scott.

My bird-watching friend Simon is telling me about the parrots he sees on his daily walks around Canberra. It is a long list, which includes five types of cockatoos. When he gets to the tenth parrot species — “red-rumps. Everyone loves those” — he stops to think. The eleventh is the rainbow lorikeet.

“They’re newcomers,” he says. “And they’ve…



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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott


Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: