Upper North Shore Sydney Australia

Attracting the King Parrot

king parrot


The Australian King Parrot forages for seeds, berries, fruit, leaf buds and nectar from trees such as the Angophora, Eucalyptus and Wattle(Acacia). It nests in deep hollows of a tree trunk where the entrance may be high in the tree (over 10m) but the eggs are in a nest of decayed wood-dust near the bottom of the tree hollow.

Australian King Parrots will seek out forage trees in the early mornings, then retire to dense growing tall shrubs or small trees with dense canopies.


Trees and Shrubs Known to Attract the King Parrot

Canopy Trees

  • Wattle Species (Acacia sp.)
  • Midjuburi Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii)
  • Rough-barked Apple (Angophora floribunda)
  • Brush Bloodwood (Baloghia inophylla)
  • Illawarra Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius)
  • Cryptocarya sp.
  • Eucalpytus sp.
  • Guioa (Guioa semiglauca)
  • Cheese Tree (Glochidion ferdinandi)
  • Brush Cherry (Syzygium australe)
  • Magenta Cherry (Syzygium paniculatum)


  • Astrotricha latifolia
  • Coffee Bush (Breynia oblongifolia)
  • Brittlewood (Claoxylon australe)
  • Green Native Cascarilla (Croton verreauxii)
  • Sticky Hop-bush (Dodonaea viscosa var angustifolia)
  • Kidney Weed (Dichondra repens)
  • Myrsine variablis
  • Elderberry Ash (Polyscias sambucifolia)
  • Hazel Pomaderris (Pomaderris aspera)
  • Scrub Turpentine (Rhodamnia rubescens)
  • Scentless Rosewood (Synoum glandulosum)
  • Brush Pepperbush (Tasmannia insipida)

Ground Covers

  • Giant Maidenhair (Adiantum formosum)
  • Birdsnest Fern (Asplenium australasicum)
  • Gristle Fern (Blechnum cartilageum)
  • Prickly Rasp Fern (Doodia aspera)
  • Dianella sp
  • Berry Saltbush (Einadia hastata)
  • Climbing Saltbush (Einadia nutans)
  • Rough Saw-sedge (Gahnia aspera)
  • Settlers’ Twine (Gymnostachys anceps)

Source: Shellharbour City Council Fact Sheet

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