King Parrot with no tail

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King Parrot with no tail

We have avery friendly King Parrot with no tail feathers at Nungurner in Gippsland Victoria. There is a similar or the same bird at Metung.  This bird is an adult with a female companion and flys and feeds perfectly normally.  Is this a genetic variation or something different?

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Some might say that a King Parrot with not tail feathers is like an emperor with no clothes. More likely that it has suffered a severe molt or escaped from the potentially catastrophic clutches of a cat or Goanna.

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