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Eastern Rosella

Platycercus eximius


These medium sized colourful parrots often look like plastic toys strewn on grass. They have red head, neck and breast with white cheek patches. Yellowish-green backs with black specks, yellow green belly and tail base and bright blue wing and tail feathers.


Seen on open woodlands and grasslands through out South Eastern Australia. These were spotted in a grassed football oval.


It is interesting to note that they are seldom seen where there are tall trees, an area populated by the Crimson Rosella. In our local area, the two different Rosellas co-exist but one on grasslands and the other amongst tall trees.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Very cold, Jemma, as winter here should be. I am enjoying the cold. Might be a little warmer with more humidity, in Sydney. Hope he has a great time.

These birds look all the brighter in the clear winter weather.

Hema 7 years ago

lovely ,colors.
How is the weather out there?My nephew is currently in Sydney for 4 weeks.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks bherath20 - they are beautiful birds and quite noisy !! :)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

very beautiful

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment and information about "rose hill parrots", Martin - interesting ! I always have difficulty with these birds; they seem to know when you're about to photograph them.

MartinL 7 years ago

That is a great action shot. I see these rarely and I agree they seldom occur together. First spotted in Rose Hill (Sydney) the word rosella is derivatived from 'rose hill parrots'.

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Jul 17, 2013
Submitted on Jul 17, 2013

Spotted for Mission

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