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Green Rosella, Platycercus caledonicus

Green rosellaGreen Rosella
(Photo by Dave Watts)

Description

A common, endemic bird well known to many Tasmanians, the Green Rosella is Australia's largest rosella (330-370mm). The upperparts are dark mottled green and black, the head, neck and underparts are yellow. There is a red forehead patch above the beak and a blue cheek patch. The wings have a blue shoulder patch.

Females are slightly duller, while juveniles are mainly green.

Habitat

The Green Rosella occurs throughout a wide range of forest types, from the mountains to the coast.

Diet

Although its diet consists largely of seeds, it also feeds on fruits, buds and berries, nectar, insects and larvae. It often comes to the ground to feed.

Breeding

Breeding occurs during spring and summer, and 4-8 white eggs are laid in the hollow of a trunk or limb of a tree. The female alone incubates the eggs. She is fed by the male.

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

Call

The call is a two note, harsh 'cossick - cossick'.

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania.