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Australian King-parrot

 
Introduction:

Although King-Parrots appear distinctly red and green to humans, when viewed under ultraviolet light, some feathers on the wings appear with a prominent yellow glow. Many birds have four types of cone in their retina, (compared to only three in humans) and see into the ultraviolet wavelengths.

Identification:
Male Australian King-Parrots are the only Australian parrots with a completely red head. Females are similar to males except that they have a completely green head and breast. Both sexes have a red belly and a green back, with green wings and a long green tail. King parrots are normally encountered in pairs or family groups.

Size:

41 cm to 43 cm

Similar Species:

Crimson Rosella

Distribution:

King-Parrots are found along the east coast and ranges of Australia, ranging from Cooktown in Queensland through to Port Campbell in Victoria.

Habitat:

King-Parrots are usually found in rainforests or wet sclerophyll forests.

Feeding and Diet:

The King-Parrot mostly forages in trees for seeds and fruit.

Communication:

Loud, high-pitched whistle, with a rolling 'carr-ack' call in flight.

Breeding Behaviours:

King-Parrots lay their eggs on a bed of decayed wood-dust at the bottom of a deep hollow in the trunk of a tree. Often the entrance is high in the tree (10 m) but the eggs are near the ground (0.5 m).
Breeding Season: September to January.
Clutch size: 5
Incubation: 20 days
Time in nest: 35 days

Conservation Status:

The King-Parrot appears to be increasing in abundance in well-treed suburbs. In urban areas it feeds at artificial feeding stations and fruiting trees.
Related Objects:

Related Objects


(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5307 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5311 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5310 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellinger R , (30 27' S , 152 25' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5309 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5308 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5306 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5305 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5304 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5312 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5302 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5303 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5313 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5314 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5315 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5316 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5301 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5318 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.4648 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Boar Pocket, Bellenden Ker Range , (17 12' S , 145 37' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5319 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5320 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5321 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5322 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5317 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.44168 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Berowra , (33 38' S , 151 9' E), May 1971

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.33459 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Gloucester , (32 1' S , 151 58' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.3386 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Herberton Area , (17 22' S , 145 23' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.3387 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Herberton Area , (17 22' S , 145 23' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.3389 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Herberton Area , (17 22' S , 145 23' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.35523 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Quirindi , (31 30' S , 150 41' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.37003 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Whipstick, Near Bega , (36 41' S , 149 51' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.51517 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Nymboida , (29 57' S , 152 44' E), 1 Nov 1898

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.44417 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, 20 Miles W Of Kingston , (30 20' S , 150 52' E), 22 Mar 1973

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.45439 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, West Of Gosford , (32 26' S , 151 20' E), Jan 1975

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.46011 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Mountain Top, Near Dorrigo , (30 20' S , 152 43' E), 5 Oct 1976
O.46905 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Dorrigo , (30 20' S , 152 43' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5323 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
O.47530 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Castle Hill , (33 44' S , 151 E), 1 Jul 1979
O.68271 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Yarramalong , (33 14' S , 151 17' E), 10 Feb 1997
O.68273 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Seelands, N Of Grafton , (29 41' S , 152 56' E), 28 Mar 1996
O.69137 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, South Grafton: Waterview Heights , (29 39' S , 152 52' E), 8 Jan 1997
O.70083 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Iluka Rd, 600 M W Of Shark Bay , (29 21' S , 153 21' E), 7 Jan 1998
O.70170 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Atherton Tableland , (17 16' S , 145 29' E), 1998
O.70660 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Forestville , (33 45' S , 151 13' E), 2 Dec 2002

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.8989 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Lithgow , (33 29' S , 150 10' E),
PA.8270 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Moreton Bay , (27 16' S , 153 15' E),
O.67694 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Maclean Area , (29 28' S , 153 12' E), 27 May 1996
PA.8272 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Pine Mountain , (27 32' S , 152 42' E),
PA.8275 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Pine Mountain , (27 32' S , 152 42' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

S.512 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Ashfield , (33 53' S , 151 7' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.3388 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Herberton Area , (17 22' S , 145 23' E),
PA.8269 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Moreton Bay , (27 16' S , 153 15' E),
O.58456 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulli , (34 20' S , 150 55' E), 1 Aug 1984
O.56580 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney, Nw Suburbs , (33 53' S , 153 13' E), Aug 1980
O.67927 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Millingandi , (36 52' S , 149 50' E), 17 Oct 1996
O.60748 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: St Ives , (33 43' S , 151 10' E), 3 Oct 1988
O.60774 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Normanhurst , (33 43' S , 151 6' E), 29 Nov 1988
O.63904 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Copmanhurst , (29 35' S , 152 46' E), 8 Nov 1897
O.63905 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Mernot, Barrington , (31 45' S , 151 37' E), 7 Dec 1935
O.65010 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Evans Head, Boyd Property , (29 7' S , 153 26' E), 10 Aug 1991
O.66033 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Korora, Via Coffs Harbour , (30 16' S , 153 8' E), 1995
O.66368 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Yarralumla , (35 18' S , 149 7' E), 1983
O.66414 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Tura Beach , (36 50' S , 149 56' E), 15 Jul 1996

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.5324 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9338 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.13332 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellinger R , (30 27' S , 152 25' E),
B.9326 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9328 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9329 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9330 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9331 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9332 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9333 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9334 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9335 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9337 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9339 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9340 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9341 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9437 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
B.9438 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1272 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Cambewarra , (34 49' S , 150 34' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1273 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Cambewarra , (34 49' S , 150 34' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1274 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Cambewarra , (34 49' S , 150 34' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1275 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Cambewarra , (34 49' S , 150 34' E),
B.9336 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.32953 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Quirindi , (31 30' S , 150 41' E),
O.71360 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Grafton Region , (29 46' S , 152 56' E), 5 Aug 1998

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.71794 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Gosford: Killcare Heights , (33 32' S , 151 22' E), 3 Feb 2007

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.71793 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Gymea , (34 2' S , 151 4' E), 2001
O.72078 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Coutts Crossing, Armidale Road , (29 50' S , 152 53' E), 8 Apr 1993

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.71879 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - No Data ,
O.71881 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) ,
B.9324 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
O.72368 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - No Data ,
B.9327 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),
O.71793.001 - Tissue sample - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Gymea , (34 2' S , 151 4' E), 2001

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.74041 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Narrabeen, Sydney Academy Of Sports & Recreation, Turning Lane , (33 43' 2" S , 151 15' 53" E), 26 Oct 2010
A.1485 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Richmond R , (28 49' S , 152 59' E),
A.528 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Clarence River , (29 18' S , 152 32' E),
O.72346 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Charlestown , (32 58' S , 151 41' E), 14 Feb 2001

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28266 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellinger R , (30 27' S , 152 25' E), 4 Oct 1913

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.21798 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac, Barrington River , (31 55' S , 152 2' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.21799 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac, Barrington River , (31 55' S , 152 2' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.23569 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Wide Bay , (25 46' S , 153 E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.27597 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Bunya Mountains , (26 51' S , 151 34' E), Nov 1919

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.21797 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac, Barrington River , (31 55' S , 152 2' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28265 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellinger R , (30 27' S , 152 25' E), 4 Oct 1913

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28272 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac , (31 55' S , 152 2' E), 1912

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28267 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Mount Wilson , (33 30' S , 150 23' E), 6 Oct 1914

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28268 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Mount Wilson , (33 30' S , 150 23' E), 6 Oct 1914

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28269 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Cambewarra , (34 49' S , 150 34' E), 10 Dec 1915
O.71194 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, West Wallsend , (32 53' S , 151 35' E), 1 Aug 1999

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28270 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac , (31 55' S , 152 2' E), 1912

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28271 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac , (31 55' S , 152 2' E), 1912

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.13935 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Illawarra , (34 26' S , 150 53' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28273 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac , (31 55' S , 152 2' E), 1912
B.9325 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bellingen District , (30 27' S , 152 54' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28242 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Gloucester , (32 1' S , 151 58' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1693 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.28377 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Bulliac , (31 55' S , 152 2' E), 1912

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.15070 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, New South Wales, Sydney: Smithfield , (33 51' S , 150 56' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1692 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1694 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1695 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1696 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1697 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1698 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1699 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1954 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1955 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1956 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1957 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),

(c) assumed Australian Museum.

O.1958 - Alisterus scapularis (Lichtenstein, 1816) - Australia, Queensland, Cairns Area , (16 55' S , 145 46' E),