Parrots, Cockatoos and Falcons

Parrots, Cockatoos and Falcons

Two galleries feature Old World parrot (Psittaculidae), and cockatoo (Cacatuidae) families that inhabit the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, including Australia. I photographed most Old World parrot and cockatoo species in Australia and some in Singapore.

The final gallery displays photos from the falcons (Falconinae) and caracaras (Caracarinae), subfamilies. Falcons (Falconidae) inhabit most world regions, except the Antarctic.



Old World Parrot and Cockatoo Notes

All featured species are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’ except for the ‘Vulnerable’ Long-tailed Parakeet and the ‘Near Threatened’ Red-collared Lorikeet and Little Corella.

Old World parrots are very colourful, making then ideal subjects for photography while cockatoos are more monochrome and a little drab. Most are


Falcons Notes

Images of most featured species are ‘Red List 2019’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

Carunculated Caracara feeding on the ground at Antisana Ecological Reserve in Ecuador. This species normally occurs in treeless areas at 3000m-4000m. I photographed this individual in a large grassy area at 4052m near Lake Mica and Antisana volcano.

I’ve photographed the displayed falcons in England and Ecuador and the Caracaras in Trinidad and Ecuador. Falcons occupy all regions of the world and in most habitats except Antarctic. Caracaras are a subfamily that inhabit the New World.

Parrot and Cockatoo Taxonomy

J Boyd Taxonomy in Flux splits Psittacidae (parrots) into four families: Strigopidae (New Zealand Parrots), Cacatuidae (cockatoos), Psittaculidae (Old World parrots) and Psittacidae (African and American parrots).

The Lanbirds II Webpage describes the higher-level taxonomy for the Old World parrot, cockatoo and falcon families.