EASTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus eximius)

With the sighting of a Crimson Rosella yesterday (see previous post), I decided it was timely to share my one and only shot of an Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius).

It was made from indoors at my brother’s house in country Victoria and looking down to the horse paddock fence late afternoon.  I know I’ll never see one of these Rosellas in my urban environment, so I’ll never get a better shot.

This medium-sized broad-tailed parrot is even more colourful (than the Crimson Rosella) and with that red head, you can’t miss it in the trees or grazing on grass seeds.

The adult has a crimson head and upper breast, white throat and cheeks, and bright greenish-yellow underparts.  It’s back is gold and heavily mottled with black, rump greenish-yellow and wings with blue and black shoulders.

The female is less colourful.

It too, is very common on the south-east side of Australia.

EASTERN ROSELLA (Platycercus eximius)