Alisterus – King Parrots

The genus Alisterus genus consist of three King-Parrot species and several sub-species that are native to a wide range in eastern Australia, New Guinea, Papuan Islands Sula Islands and Maluku Islands in Indonesia.

King Parakeets are large parrots of approx. 35-43 cm, characterized by red and green colors, a long tail and a relatively small bill.

Previously the King Parrots was included in the Aprosmictus genus.

Alisterus amboinensis
Moluccan King Parrot

Alisterus chloropterus
Papuan King Parrot

Alisterus scapularis
Australian King Parrot

Photo credits:

  • Moluccan King Parrot : Scott Hamlin
  • Papuan King Parrot : Peter Tan
  • Australian King Parrot : Di Donovan

Species and subspecies

  • Alisterus amboinensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - Moluccan King Parrot
    • Alisterus amboinensis amboinensis (Linnaeus, 1766)
    • Alisterus amboinensis buruensis (Salvadori, 1876)
    • Alisterus amboinensis dorsalis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1832)
    • Alisterus amboinensis hypophonius (Müller, S, 1843)
    • Alisterus amboinensis sulaensis (Reichenow, 1881)
    • Alisterus amboinensis versicolor (Neumann, 1939)
  • Alisterus chloropterus (Ramsay, EP, 1879) - Papuan King Parrot
    • Alisterus chloropterus chloropterus (Ramsay, EP, 1879)
    • Alisterus chloropterus callopterus (D'Albertis & Salvadori, 1879)
    • Alisterus chloropterus moszkowskii (Reichenow, 1911)
  • Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, MHK, 1816) - Australian King Parrot
    • Alisterus scapularis scapularis (Lichtenstein, MHK, 1816)
    • Alisterus scapularis minor (Mathews, 1911)