Rosella: Platycercus Eximius
Distribution and Habitat
The Eastern Rosella is a parrot common to southeastern Australia and
The Eastern Rosellas inhabut open woodlands, gardens, parks and farms.
They are a small to medium parrot, about 12 inches tall. It is very colorful with a red head and breast. The abdomen is yellow to pale green. The wings and back are black with green and blue markings. Females are similarly colored but somewhat paler.
Other names: Golden-mantled Parakeet, Red-headed Rosella, White-cheeked Rosella, Rosella Parakeet, Nonpareil Parrot, Rosehill Parakeet.
In Australia, most would recognize this bird as part of a label for Rosella tomato soup.
Flight is graceful when moving from tree to tree as the Rosella flies down towards the ground before gliding up to higher branches.