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Western Rosella

 (Platycercus icterotis)

Also known as: Stanley Rosella or Parakeet, Yellow-cheeked Rosella or Parakeet, Earl of Derby's Parakeet, Red-backed Rosella or Red-backed Stanley Rosella (P. i. xanthogenys)

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Western Rosella
© Georgina Steytler

Did You Know?

The Western Rosella is the only rosella to have yellow cheeks. The other species of this group have either white or blue cheeks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus icterotis

Species Profile

Genus: Platycercus | Species: icterotis

Size:

26cm (10 in)

Weight:

45-80g (1.6-2.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: P. i. icterotis, P. i. xanthogenys

Colour Adult:

P.i. icterotis: Male-in general bright red; cheek patches yellow; black back, with green mottling occasionally mixed with red; green rump; dark green tail tipped with blue. Bill white. Eye dark brown. Female-dull red forecrown; green crown and sides of neck; yellow cheeks; green underparts washed with dull red; pale underwing stripe.
P.i. xanthogenys: Male-as in icterotis, but with grey/olive rump and upper tail coverts; red and greyish mottled back; cheek patches paler and cream/yellow; dark blue tail. Female-paler than icterotis, grey/olive rump and upper tail coverts; dark blue tail.

Colour Juvenile:

P.i. icterotis: Green head with orange/red frontal band; pale green breast, in males faintly washed with red/orange; pale underwing stripe.
P.i. xanthogenys: Duller than adult female.

Call:

Calls are described as soft and melodious. Are much quieter than other rosellas.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
BirdLife Australia
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Bird Care
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Western Rosella, Graff, John XC178540
S. Milpacher, pers. comm., 2006
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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Western Rosella
© Georgina Steytler

Did You Know?

The Western Rosella is the only rosella to have yellow cheeks. The other species of this group have either white or blue cheeks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus icterotis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common

Longevity:

25-40 yrs

Housing:

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

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion, sowthistle, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrains and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; fruits such as: apple, orange, banana, pomegranate; cactus fruits; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Hearty chewer; provide unsprayed, flowering fruit tree branches, willow, fir, elder and pine branches. Also provide water bowls for bathing, and space to fly for exercise.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log or vertical box 9" x 9" x 24" (22.8cm x 2.8cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

5-8

Incubation Time:

19 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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Western Rosella
© Georgina Steytler

Did You Know?

The Western Rosella is the only rosella to have yellow cheeks. The other species of this group have either white or blue cheeks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus icterotis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Xanthogenys near-threatened. (Forshaw, 2006) This species probably benefits from some land clearance, but inland is affected by massive, large scale deforestation.

Range:

P.i. icterotis: Coastal and subcoastal SW Western Australia.
P.i. xanthogenys: Interior of SW Western Australia.

Habitat:

Found in open and partly cleared Eucalypt woodland and forest, riverine forest, farmland, orchards, towns, clearings, roadsides, gardens, cultivated areas, pastures, wooded savanna and shrubland.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on grass seeds, herbs, insects, fruits, berries, flowers, nectar and buds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Generally seen in pairs or small groups which are quiet and fairly tame. Forms larger flocks where food is abundant. Nests in tree-hollow.

Clutch and Egg Size:

5-8 rounded eggs, 26.0 x 21.5mm (1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

August-December

Related Links:

AvianWeb

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Western Rosella
© Georgina Steytler

Did You Know?

The Western Rosella is the only rosella to have yellow cheeks. The other species of this group have either white or blue cheeks.

Academic Research

Related publications: Platycercus icterotis

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