Monday, June 18, 2012

Eastern Rosella / Crimson Rosella

Eastern Rosella / Crimson Rosella

Eastern Rosella / Crimson Rosella

There are several color forms of the Crimson Rosella. The Yellow Rosella has the crimson areas replaced with light yellow and the tail more greenish. The Adelaide Rosella is intermediate in color; it ranges from yellow with a reddish wash to dark orange. Otherwise, the forms are similar in pattern.

Physical Description Crimson Rosella

The mostly crimson plumage and bright blue cheeks easily identify the one from which it receives its name. The Crimson Rosella's feathers are black with a broad, red, edge. Its flight feathers of the wings have broad blue edges and the tail is blue above and pale blue below and on the outer feathers. The birds measure about 32cm - 36cm in length.

Diet Crimson Rosella

The Crimson Rosella can normally be seen in small flocks and are easily attracted to garden seed trays. Once familiar with humans, they will accept hand held food. Natural foods include seeds of eucalypts, grasses and shrubs, as well as insects and some tree blossoms.

HabitatCrimson Rosella

The Crimson Rosella is a parrot native to eastern and South eastern Australia. It has recently been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island as well. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens.

Reproduction Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosellas breed mostly between September and January. The nest is built in a tall tree hollow and lined with wood shavings and dust. The female alone incubates the four to eight, normally five, white eggs, but both sexes care for the young. The chicks hatch after about 20 days, and, although they leave the nest after about 35 days, they remain dependent on their parents for a 35 days after that.

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