Eastern rosella

Eastern rosella Platycercus eximius

ClassAves
OrderPsittaciformes
FamilyPsittacidae
Size30cm
Weight90-120g
Incubation21 days
Eggs6-8
Life-span15 years
Diet
grains, berries, leaves, buds

Habitat
scattered forest, wooded savannah

Range
east and south-east Australia, Tasmania, introduced to New Zealand


This very colourful little parrot owes its name to the Sydney suburb Rose Hill, where it was regularly sighted by the first settlers in the region. 
 
Eastern rosella couples mate for life and generally nest in holes in eucalyptus trunks. The young have yellow or orange beaks that turn creamy white at adulthood. 
 
This species is widespread in Australia and New Zealand so is not endangered.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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