Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) - Exotic birds | Pets

Posted by pets | 27 May 2015

- Platycercus adscitus

Perico pale


Of 30 cm.. length and a weight between 100 and 175 g..

Perico pale

The adult male of the Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus), It has a pale yellow head. The upper part of the cheeks is whitish in contrast to the bottom which is light blue. The upper part of the chest is yellow, the lower part of the chest and abdomen are blue. The coverts are a beautiful red hue. The mantle, back and scapulars are black with broad yellow edges, these areas giving a scaly appearance.

The tail is uniform yellow. The outside covers are dark blue. The Central tail feathers are dark blue, but the outer feathers are more pale with thin white edges. The bottom has no stripe.

The peak is white. The iris is brown, grey legs.

The female is different from the male, its color is more off and has a strip at the bottom of the wings.

The youth they have grayish feathers ending in yellow or orange-red at the top of the Crown and neck. The red feathers lose them about three months. The underside of the wings is scratched. They acquire adult plumage in about 16 months.

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Subspecies description:
  • Platycercus adscitus adscitus (Latham 1790) – The nominal
  • Platycercus adscitus palliceps (Lear 1832) – Of 32 cm.. length. It is something more than the nominal species. The white colour of the face is more extensive, reaching the neck. Crown, neck and headphones pale yellow feathers. Chest blue presents yellowishwhite shades and feathers of the breast have a thin lined black. Shoulders with wide blue verdosa-amarilla color. Bottom of white flight feathers.

The Pale-headed Rosella they are common in all types of habitats of open forests, either scrub, scattered forests with logging, the rows of trees along the rivers or marshes. They are also found in the wooded heaths which surround the coast and which are dominated by trees of the genus Banksia.

Avoid plunging into the thick forests, giving preference to the clear, meadows at the edges or directly border the plots. They also penetrate the surrounding farmland to feed.

They are birds of the lower regions, rarely rising above 700 meters and voluntarily leaving altitudes to the Crimson Rosella in dense forests and semi-montanosas areas.


In the North, the Pale-headed Rosella They nest in the months of February to June, with some variations depending on the frequency of rains.

In the South, the breeding season occurs from September to December.

These birds build their nests in deep a sick or healthy tree cavity, preferably a eucalyptus located near a river.
Other places that tend to choose are: a hole in a stump or a hole in an any fence post.

Spawning usually includes between 3 and 5 eggs. The female incubates alone during 19 days, but as soon as the eggs are incubated, It receives assistance from the male that helps feed the young.

The chicks leave the nest after 5 weeks.


The Pale-headed Rosella they are mostly vegetarian. They consume a lot of plants, We have identified about 50 plant species. Similar to the Eastern Rosella, the Pale-headed Rosella It feeds mainly in the trees. The seeds of eucalyptus, Acacias, Melaleuca, Black Cypress of Australia, acanthus and spiny Thistles, they are your favorite foods. The flowers and fruits of some species also form part of their diet.

The Pale-headed Rosella often they are real pests for the gardens and fields of corn.


Confined to the East of Australia, where is dispersed through of the Cape York Peninsula, coming to the South up to the Gilbert River in the West, and extending to the South along the coast East of Queensland to the North of New South Wales.

In Queensland its inner boundary runs approximately through Croydon, Richmond, Lomgreach, Charleville and Bingara.

Are also distributed by the Fraser Island and around Brisbane, as well as in other coastal districts.

In New South Wales, the population is limited to the Northeast, extending toward the interior of Bourke and to the South up to around Coffs Harbour, on the coast.

Escapes have been recorded in Sydney and Melbourne, and there was an introduction without success in Hawaii at the beginning of this century.

The species coexists in the same altitude with the Eastern Rosella in the southeast of Queensland.

Common in the habitat within its range.

The world's population is above the 100.000 copies.

Moderate in captivity numbers.

Fully protected.

Distribution of subspecies:

• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Growing

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, It is estimated at around 100,000 copies.

The species according to reports, It is abundant in much of their range (pit et to the. 1997).

They have benefited from the elucidation of forests and the development of crops of fruit trees and farm fields. However, a major limitation is its acquisition as a popular bird of company, marketed as Blue cheek parakeet. Each year, hundreds of birds are illegally captured in the wild.

In captivity:

Common in Europe, not so much in the United States.

Active and moderately loud. Aggressive with other birds. A little susceptible to stress and disease.

Alternative names:

- Pale-headed Rosella, Blue Rosella, Blue-cheeked Parakeet, Blue-cheeked Rosella, Mealy Parakeet, Mealy Rosella, Moreton Bay Parakeet, Moreton Bay Rosella, Pale headed Rosella, White-cheeked Rosella, White-headed Rosella (ingles).
- Perruche à tête pâle, Perruche palliceps (francés).
- Blasskopfrosella (alemán).
- Rosela-pálida (portugués).
- Perico Pálido, Rosela de Cabeza Pálida (español).

Scientific classification:

- Orden: Psittaciformes
- Familia: Psittaculidae
- Genus: Platycercus
- Nombre científico: Platycercus adscitus
- Citation: (Latham, 1790)
- Protónimo: Psittacus adscitus

Pale-headed Rosella images:


Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)


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(1) – A Pale-headed Rosella in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia By Paul Gear (Picasa Web Albums) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) Kobble Creek, SE Queensland, Australia By Pale-headed_Rosella_kob02. JPG: Avicedaderivative work: Snowmanradio [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – A Pale-headed Rosella in Herberton, Far North Queensland, Australia By Peter Shanks (originally posted to Flickr as pale headed rosella) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – A Pale-headed Rosella in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia By Paul Gear (Picasa Web Albums) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Pale-headed Rosella, Platycercus adscitus By Glen Fergus (Own work, Brisbane, Australia) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
(6) – A painting of a Pale-headed Rosella(originally captioned “Platycercus palliceps. Paleheaded Parakeet. In the pofsefsion of Mr. Leadbeater.”) by Edward Lear 1812-1888 Edward Lear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Judith Lattaway (Xeno-canto)

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