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Eastern Rosella

 (Platycercus eximius)

Also known as: Rosella, Red Rosella, Common Rosella, White-cheeked Rosella, Red-headed Rosella, Golden-mantled Rosella

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Wild Eastern Rosella
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Did You Know?

Rosellas are unique in the parrot world because of the black scalloping on the feathers of the mantle and back, and a prominent patch on the cheeks extending to the throat.

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Species Profile

Genus: Platycercus | Species: eximius

Size:

30cm (11.7 in)

Weight:

95-120g (3.3-4.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: P.e. eximius, P.e. elecica, P.e. diemenensis

Colour Adult:

P.e. eximius: Male-red head and breast; white cheeks; yellow lower breast; pale green abdomen; red undertail coverts; black back with green spotting; blue outer wing coverts; pale green rump. Bill white. Eye brown. Female-as in male but head and breast paler in colour; underwing stripe pale coloured.
P.e. elecica: Both adults green/blue rump and uppertail coverts; gold spotting on back in male, green/yellow in female.
P.e. diemenensis: Both adults as in eximius, but with larger white cheeks patches; darker red head.

Colour Juvenile:

P.e. eximius: As in female but duller with pale underwing stripe.

Call:

Call in flight sharp; while perched a three syllable whistle on an ascending scale. Also metallic and piping notes at rest. Shrill screech when startled. Soft chattering or babbling while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Pet Place
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8538, Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximius, Loetscher, Fred W., Jr., New South Wales, Australia, Feb. 25 1969, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Wild Eastern Rosella
© Frankzed | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Rosellas are unique in the parrot world because of the black scalloping on the feathers of the mantle and back, and a prominent patch on the cheeks extending to the throat.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus eximius

Species Care

Captive Status:

Quite common in captivity.

Longevity:

20 yrs

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, oats, safflower and small amount of hemp; spray millet; limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; sprouting pulses such as mung beans; cooked butter and other beans and lentils; boiled maize; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, chickweed, dandelion; vegetables such as: carrot, corn, celery, zucchini or squash, green beans and peas in the pod; fruits such as: apple, pear, banana, orange, pomegranate; nuts such as: walnuts, lightly cracked hazelnuts, pecans and roasted peanuts; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Provide fresh, unsprayed branches often, other chewables such as heat sterlized pine cones, wooden toys, and vegetable tanned leather toys. Also provide bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 7" x 7" x 24" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

6-7

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

Avicultural Society of Australia

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Wild Eastern Rosella
© Frankzed | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Rosellas are unique in the parrot world because of the black scalloping on the feathers of the mantle and back, and a prominent patch on the cheeks extending to the throat.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus eximius

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, increasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

P.e. diemenensis is declining in Tasmania. May be shot as crop pest under license.

Range:

P.e. eximus: NE New South Wales south to SE South Australia.
P.e. elecica: NE New South Wales north to SE Queensland.
P.e. diemenensis: E Tasmania.

Habitat:

Are found up to 1250m (4100 ft) in a variety of habitats such as open forest, woodland, riverine forest, Eucalypt copses, forest margins, grasslands, paddocks, agricultural lands and suburbs.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, berries, grain, fruit, blossoms, nectar and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Feeds both in the trees and on the ground, usually in pairs or small groups. Large flocks are sometimes seen from the end of the breeding season until spring. Birds feed early in the day, rest during the hottest hours of the day, then feed before roosting at night.

Clutch and Egg Size:

6-7 rounded eggs, 27.0 x 21.5mm (1 x 0.8 in)

Breeding Season:

July-March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
New Zealand Birds

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Wild Eastern Rosella
© Frankzed | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Rosellas are unique in the parrot world because of the black scalloping on the feathers of the mantle and back, and a prominent patch on the cheeks extending to the throat.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus eximius

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