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)


AUSTRALIAN KING PARROT (Alisterus scapularis)

The Australian King Parrot is a large distinctive, broad-tailed parrot found in gardens, farmland, forest and woodlands of most sorts, especially if damp.

The male has a plain scarlet head and body with dark green wings, a dark blue rump and distinctive long bluish-black tail.  The female is predominantly green with a scarlet belly and undertail coverts.

My younger brother feeds them regularly on his small farm located past the Dandenong Ranges (overlooking the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne), so it was pretty easy to get some photos.

Here’s a couple more shots from Melbourne Zoo.