Green Rosella

Platycercus caledonicus

Endemic to Tasmania, this solidly-built parrot is Australia’s largest rosella (33 to 37 cm). More yellow when mature, with a blue throat patch and reddish forehead and face, the red wash extends to below the blue throat patch in the adult female. The wings and tail are dark blue and the back is dark green, each feather with a darker blackish centre. Younger birds are predominantly green. Widespread throughout Tasmania in most habitats, and forms small groups outside of the breeding season. During the breeding season, the female lays 4-8 eggs in a tree hollow, which she incubates while being fed on the nest by the male. Feeds on fruits, flower buds, nectar and some insects.