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Eastern Rosella
Platycercus eximius

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Eastern Rosella




30 cm.. length between 95 and 120 g. of weight.

The males of the Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius), has bill white. The lower area of the cheeks and chin are white, that contrasts sharply with the rest of the head and the chest that are of color red glossy. Upper abdomen shows a beautiful color yellow that is again gradually of color green pale in its part lower. The coats are of color red. The the mantle feathers, the back and scapulars are of color black with a broad edge yellow, giving these regions a highly scaled appearance. The median are black. The blankets, out of them coverts secondary and flight feather are bluish grey. The rump is bright green. The central feathers of the tail are green bottle, While the outer feathers of the tail are bluish grey with white tips.

The irises They are brown, legs grey.

The female looks like your partner, but the Red of the head and the chest is less bright.

The underparts has a thin white stripe.

The youth they are a copy in Pale tones of the female. They have a little bit of green on the back of the head.

Subspecies description:

  • Platycercus eximius diemenensis

    (North 1911) – Of 30 cm.. length. Head and chest color much more dark and white cheek much more large. Female as the nominal species.

  • Platycercus eximius elecica

    (Schodde & Short 1989) – Of 33 cm.. length. It is something more than the nominal species, the red and the chest and the head is slightly more dark, the black feathers of the neck, back and shoulders have a very broad bright yellow bordered. Area of the rump and coverts bluish-green supracaduales. Female with back and neck with hints. Your obispillo is bluish green

  • Platycercus eximius eximius

    (Shaw 1792) – The nominal.


The Eastern Rosella they tend to be fairly common in all habitats of open forests, including agricultural land, urban parks and gardens. They are usually in little populated wooded areas, rows of trees along streams, shrub and scrub savannahs “Mallee“.

They are common in cultivated areas and can invade orchards where you can cause severe damage.

In many areas, It is the most widespread species of parrot, You can even nest in the trees lining the streets of towns and cities. Wherever possible, they avoid dense forests and mountainous areas, where is replaced by the Crimson Rosella. The habitat of the Eastern Rosella usually less to 1.250 m above sea level.

Breeding pairs are sedentary in their territories, While young and immature form bands of up to 25 birds that roam the area. very commonly, the multicolored parrot can be seen perched on power lines or poles lining the sides of the roads in the outskirts of cities.

On the floor were fed more frequently than other types of rosella Parrot. In flight, they are quite noisy and therefore very easy to detect. But, When they are on the ground, they are not always easy to observe.

They feed on, sometimes, in the company of Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) but never be with them organized mixed flocks.


The Eastern Rosella They nest in the months from August to February, but also from time to time in April and may.

Pairs mate for life and is the female which chooses the nest site, usually in a hole or cavity of a eucalyptus branch. Sometimes the place to start may be an old stump, an any fence post, a fallen log, a rabbit hole, the nest of a Rainbow Bee-eater. Optionally, the Eastern Rosella also used the abandoned nest of the Blue-winged Kookaburra, some termite mound, ferns in facades of houses, rock walls, old buildings and an old nest of pomatostome.

The bottom of the nest is filled with sawdust or small wood shavings..

Spawning includes 4-9 eggs (generally 5) which are incubated during 19 days. The female is solely in charge of incubation and her partner is responsible for supplying. The chicks stay lasts a few 35 days.


The Eastern Rosella has a mainly vegetarian diet. Consumed mainly eucalyptus and acacia seeds, Although also seeds of a variety of greenery bushes. Berries, leaves and sprouts are also part of its menu.

During the summer, eats some insects and their larvae. Take the seeds that are dispersed in fields and roads. It penetrates into the orchards where causes some damage.


The Eastern Rosella lives confined to the southeast of Australia where is spread around Gympie, Bribie Island and the Darling Downs district in the extreme southeast of Queensland, in the South through New South Wales, coming towards the inside of Moree, Parkes, Griffith and There is a, and reaching Victoria where is it absent only in the Northwest region, and West up to Edenhope.

In the southeast of South Australia the species is largely limited to the area between Bordertown and Salt Creek, but a population caused by birds in captivity is also distributed by the Lofty Mountains.

In Tasmania, the species is widespread, Although barely wide and sparsely distributed, and have been faced with the King Island in the bass strait.

There are small introduced populations in the South Island of New Zealand, concentrated around Dunedin (includes some Crimson Rosella mixed with oriental hybrids) and in the Banks Peninsula, and a larger population in the North Island, that extends from the northern end of the island, along the West Coast through Raglan, New Plymouth and the interior of Pirongia and Taupo. They can also be found Eastern Rosella in the districts of Wellington and Lower Hutt, in the Tararua mountains, about Gisborne and along the Coromandel Peninsula, but are rare in the South of Auckland.

The world population is more of 500.000 birds, and stable or increasing.

There is some competition with nesting places with the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) in Tasmania.

Moderate multicolored parrot in captivity.

The species has benefited before the spread of agriculture, and although protected by law, they can be killed under license.

Subspecies distribution:

  • Platycercus eximius diemenensis

    (North 1911) – Own East of Tasmania.

  • Platycercus eximius elecica

    (Schodde & Short 1989) – Present in the northeast of New South Wales and the southeast of Queensland.

  • Platycercus eximius eximius

    (Shaw 1792) – The nominal.



• Current category of the Red List of the UICN: Least concern

• Population Trend: Growing

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, Although it is estimated above 500.000 birds.

Throughout its distribution area, except Tasmania, the Eastern Rosella East are very common birds. Unlike in the Crimson Rosella, that like dense forests, the Eastern Rosella they have benefited from deforestation that took place for the establishment of new pastures or areas of cereals.

"Eastern Rosella" in captivity:

Very common in captivity, It is probably the most popular of the Rosellas.

The Eastern Rosella they are coveted because of the beautiful colors of plumage.

They are intelligent birds and can be trained to whistle a large repertoire of melodies., and you can even learn how to pronounce some words.

These parakeets can make good pet birds but require a great deal of care and attention., In addition to devices and toys to keep them mentally stimulated. They are wild birds which are not always adapted to live as a family pet, and even the hand reared parrots are never fully domesticated. They generally do not tolerate caresses or cuddling and tend to react by stinging when you try to handle them like this.. Many breeders believe that the best way to keep this type of bird is in great aviaries where can fly freely, in pairs to meet their social needs and with minimal human interaction. Although they tend to be aggressive with other species Bird by should not be treated so integrate them to mixed aviaries.

Its diet poultry includes seeds, fruits like Apple, PEAR and grape, and vegetables such as lettuce, grass, and silver beet.

A sample of Eastern Rosella lived 27,4 years in captivity. In captivity, these animals have been able to play, approximately, to the 2 years of age..

Alternative names:

Eastern Rosella, White-cheeked Rosella (ingles).
Perruche omnicolore (French).
Rosella, Buntsittich (German).
Rosela-multicolorida (Portuguese).
Perico Multicolor, Rosela Común (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Platycercus
Scientific name: Platycercus eximius
Citation: (Shaw, 1792)
Protonimo: Psittacus eximius

Images “Eastern Rosella”:

Videos "Eastern Rosella"


“Eastern Rosella” (Platycercus eximius)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr
– AnAge: The Animal Ageing and Longevity Database – Anagé entry for Platycercus eximius
– Birdlife


(1) – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius), male, Queen’s Domain, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius), female, Queen’s Domain, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) at Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, USA By Platycercus_eximius_-Woodland_Park_Zoo-6. jpg: Nickderivative work: Snowmanradio [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – Eastern Rosella at Hobart Domain, Tasmania (grazing) By KeresH (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius diemenensis), The Queen’s Domain, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [GFDL 1.2 or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Peter Woodall (Xeno-canto)

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