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Eastern Rosella, Platycercus eximius

Eastern rosella Eastern Rosella (Photo by Dave Watts)

Description

Eastern Rosellas are colourful, medium-sized (290-330mm) parrots with distinctive white cheek patches and red head, neck and breast. The upperparts are black with yellow to green feather edges, the belly is yellow, the rump yellow-green to blue-green and the undertail is red. The shoulders are blue.

Young birds can be aged by their bill colour, which is yellow or orange, changing to off-white when mature.

Habitat

The Eastern Rosella is found in open forest, woodlands, agricultural land and parks and gardens.

They can sometimes be seen in the Botanical Gardens in Hobart and the adjoining Domain, rural areas along the east coast and at Freycinet National Park and Maria Island National Park.

Diet

Usually feeds on the ground, amongst grasses, but also in trees and bushes. Diet includes seeds, fruits, buds, flowers, nectar and insects.

Breeding

Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania
 

The nest is usually a hollow in a eucalypt tree. Four to seven eggs are laid. The female incubates the eggs while the male regularly feeds her. The young may be fed for a while after they fledge.

Call

The call is a high-pitched "pink-pink" during flight, and a softer, chattering "pee-p-pee".

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout north and eastern Tasmania.