06 July, 2012

Crimson Rosella

Scientific Name: Platycercus elegans

Population Estimate: Unknown, but Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Forested and artificial habitats throughout Australia. Introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island.

Field Notes: Classically a red parrot with blue wings, tail and cheek patch as above. Variants throughout Australia may have yellow, green, or orange bodies. Western Rosella orange body with yellow cheek patch. Eastern Rosella with red head and neck but yellow chest and white cheek patch.

Personal Notes: "Road parrot" common throughout parts of NSW. The taxonomy of the rosellas is still quite a topic for debate.

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