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 General Information About the Rosella

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PostSubject: General Information About the Rosella   Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:42 am



The Eastern Rosella, Platycercus eximius, is a parrot native to southeast Australia and Tasmania. It has also been introduced to New Zealand.

Like just about Rosellas, the Eastern Rosella makes a strikingly beautiful and relatively quiet aviary occupant. It also has become increasingly popular as a pet.

The Eastern Rosella is found in lightly wooded country. In eats natural habit it eats a variety of grass seeds and fruits.

Description:

This colorful rosella averages 30 - 32 cm (12 - 12.8 inches) in length and has a red head, upper breast and under tail-coverts. The cheeks are white. The lower breast is yellow becoming yellowish-green on the abdomen. The feathers of the lower breast and abdomen have a fine dark edging. The nape, back and shoulder feathers are black with yellowish-green edging. The inner median wing-coverts are black. The bend of the wing and outer median wing-coverts are blue. The secondary-coverts are pale blue, and the secondaries, outer webs at base of primaries (= longest wing feathers) and under wing-coverts are blue. The lower back and upper tail-coverts are pale green with a fine dark edging. The upperside of the middle tail-feathers are dark green with a narrow dark blue edging. The outer tail-feathers are pale blue with a dark blue base and pale tips. The tail underside is pale bluish. The bill is light grey-horn color. They have narrow grey to dark grey eye rings. The irises are dark brown and the feet are grey.

Eastern RosellaThe female is on average smaller, the plumage is a duller red and they have a narrower bill. The edging to the back feathers is dull green. The whitish under-wing stripe is present in many females.

Immature birds are similar to female, but they have a duller plumage. The back of the crown and nape are green. The pale under-wing stripe is present. Young birds attain the adult coloration after their second molt - when they are about 12 to 16 months old. At that time they also become sexually mature.

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