Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella perched on top of a thin branchWhat does it look and sound like? Although the adult Crimson Rosella is unmistakable in its rich crimson plumage and bright blue cheeks, young birds have caused much confusion.  Most young birds have the characteristic blue cheeks, but the remainder of the plumage is a mixture of greens, reds and blues.  The young bird gradually attains the adult plumage over a period of 15 months.  In adult birds the back and wings are black, with each feather broadly edged with red, and the wings have a broad blue patch along the edge. Its harsh, ringing “cussik-cussik” is a familiar sound.  Two distinct populations of this species exists in Australia; the northern Queensland population is smaller and darker.

Where does it live? Found within southern and eastern Australia,

What are its habitats and habits? The Crimson Rosella is commonly associated with the tall eucalypt and wetter forests, where it is normally encountered in small flocks. Readily attracted to garden seed trays and, once familiar, they will readily accept hand held food.

Scientific name: Platycercus elegans

Size: 32 to 36 cm

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