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Pale-headed Rosella

Platycercus adscitus


The Pale-headed Rosella is a medium-sized, broad-tailed parrot, with a pale head and all white, or blue and white cheek patches. The underbelly is mainly blue, with red under the tail. The back is yellow with dark flecks. The female is similar, though slightly duller, with an off-white underwing stripe. There is marked geographical variation, with differences in the depth of colour and the facial patch. This is a noisy and conspicuous parrot, except when feeding. (Birds in Backyards)


The nominate subspecies adscitus is found from the Cape York Peninsula south through to Cardwell in central-northern Queensland. There is a broad range of intermediate forms, while the southern subspecies palliceps extends from Townsville and points inland south into northeastern New South Wales to the vicinity of the Clarence River.[4] It is common throughout its range. Its preferred habitat is open forest, but has adapted well to human modification of the rural landscape and may even become a pest to orchards and cereal crops. Watering troughs help the species in the dryer western limits of its range.[5] It was also introduced to Hawaii in 1877, but had died out there by the late 1920s. (Wikipedia)


This lovely bird and its mate have been frequenting our side paddock for the past week or so, to feed on the grasses there.

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Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Awesome spotting,

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Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -27.28, Long: 153.02

Spotted on Mar 20, 2012
Submitted on Mar 28, 2012

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