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Green Rosella

 (Platycercus caledonicus)

Also known as: Tasmanian Rosella, Yellow-bellied Parrot or Parakeet, Yellow-breasted Parrot, Green Parrot, Mountain Parrot, Tasman Parrot

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Wild Green Rosella
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Did You Know?

The Green Rosella is the largest of the rosellas.

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Related publications: Platycercus caledonicus

Species Profile

Genus: Platycercus | Species: caledonicus

Size:

37cm (14.4 in)

Weight:

127-142g (4.4-5 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-body yellow/gold; wide red frontal band; purple/blue cheek patches; yellow/gold underparts; mantle and back soft black scalloped dull green; yellow/olive on rump and upper tail coverts; purple/blue on upper wing coverts; tail dull bronze/green widely tipped with blue/white. Bill grey/white. Eye dark brown.  Female-as in male but foreneck suffused with orange/red; smaller bill.

Colour Juvenile:

Crown, ear coverts and underparts dull yellow/green; nape to mantle and back olive/green; underwing stripe.

Call:

Contact call disyllabic cussik…cussik…cussik; kwik-kweek…kwik-kweek while perched. Emits shrill shrieks when alarmed.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
BirdLife Australia
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 8532, Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus, Loetscher, Fred W., Jr., Tasmania, Mar. 16 1969, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Article "Experiences with the Tasmanian Rosella in Aviculture," by Ashley Herrod, Australian Birdkeeper Magazine, Oct-Nov 2004.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Green Rosella
© Nik Borrow | Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Did You Know?

The Green Rosella is the largest of the rosellas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus caledonicus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not common

Longevity:

About 10-15 yrs.

Housing:

Walk in aviary, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Mix of small seeds such as: canary, oats, safflower, limited sunflower seed; spray millet; sprouted pulses such as mung beans, cooked butterbeans and lentils; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed, etc; vegetables such as: carrot, corn, celery, zucchini, green beans and peas in the pod; fresh fruit such as: apple, orange, banana, cactus fruits, pear; nuts such as: walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and roasted peanuts; seed grasses where available; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Seeding grasses for foraging; also bathing and access to bird safe wood and wood toys. Melaleuca branches where available.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box or log 10-12" (25.4cm x 30.5cm) wide x 16-24" (40.6cm x 61cm) long.

Clutch Size:

4 or 5

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Green Rosella
© Nik Borrow | Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Did You Know?

The Green Rosella is the largest of the rosellas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus caledonicus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Is shot as crop pest. Also ongoing habitat destruction on King Island.

Range:

Found in Tasmania and islands in Bass Strait, SE Australia.

Habitat:

Occurs in variety of habitats up to 1500m (4920 ft). Lowlands, Eucalypt forests, rainforest, montane forest, riverine forest, scrub, roadside hawthorns, orchards, gardens and cleared country.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on hawthorn and Coprosma berries, nectar, insects and orchard fruits. Also takes grass seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in groups of 4-5 birds, with larger flocks occurring post-breeding. Will associate with the Eastern Rosella. Pairs have strong bond.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 to 5 rounded eggs, 30.5 x 24.5mm (1.2 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

September-February

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania

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Wild Green Rosella
© Nik Borrow | Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Did You Know?

The Green Rosella is the largest of the rosellas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus caledonicus

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