Rosellas



A pair of Adelaide Rosella's - Platycercus adelaidae - Range from southern to mid NE South Australia. Amongst the larger species of Rosella, similar to the yellow Rosella and has some of the form of the Crimson rosella. Two colour morphs are recognised, the Yellow morph (birds in the pic) and the Red/orange morph. Yet another species that is not commonly kept and much sought after particularly "down south".




Blue-cheeked Rosella



Pale-heads/Bluey's are one of eight sub-species of Rosella. Not as commonly kept as they should be. Perhaps it is their rather pugnacious nature and maybe their "skittishness" when in new surroundings that deters birdkeepers from keeping them. Fairly free breeders when settled they must be considered as very difficult to visually sex (unless very experienced) so DNA sexing is best for juveniles and mature birds that are paired up or offered as a pair without any positive proof of sex. Housing in a suspended flight that is 3m long and 900mm square is quite adequate for this species.





Juvenile Blue-cheeked Rosella (local variety)- Platycercus. adscitus. amathusiae (Platycercus. elegans. amathus in South Aust) - Can be seen from about the Cardwell Range to the North, down to the northern border districts of NSW. Generally not a coastal dweller but very common in the T/vlle region. Not a commonly kept species but much sought after particularly in the southern States.




Juvenile Blue-cheeked Rosella (northern variety) - Platycercus. adscitus. adscitus. - The nominate sub-species of the Blue-cheeked/Pale-headed Rosella. From Cardwell north through the Tablelands and up the cape. Generally not found in coastal areas. Aviary specimens are fairly rare in our area and very rare in SEQ and other States. They are a very sought after species everywhere.




A mature pair of (Northern) Blue-cheeked Rosellas - P. a. adscitus - Hen is perched on the spout of the nest box and cock-bird is perched on a calcium bell (calcium is essential especially before and during breeding).



Crimson Rosella



Crimson Rosella, northern sub-species - Platycercus. elegans. nigrescens - Tablelands region of NE Qld though there have been sightings in the MtSpec area. The birds are about a third smaller than the nominate Crimson Rosella and the mantle/back colour is more intense. Unlike the nominate Crimson's, the northern young fledge with colour plumage as the adult birds. Not commonly kept and a very sought after bird.



Eastern Rosella



Eastern Rosella, Tasmanian sub-species - Platycercus. eximus. diemenensis - Range is Eastern Tasmania to about Huon River. The birds are generally "more chesty" in size and the white cheek-patch is considerably larger than either of the other two Eastern sub-species. Fairly rare in the North.






Northern Rosella



A pair of Northern Rosella's - Platycercus. venustus. - The Kimberly area of WA through to the NT/Qld border. Not found much further south than Katherine/ Arnhem Plateau/Nicholson River. The second smallest of the Rosella sub-species, a rare bird in captivity and much sought after at premium prices.





Tassie Rosella



A pair of Tassie's - the hen is to the left.









Yellow Rosella



A pair of Yellow Rosella's - Platycercus. flaveolus. - They range throughout the Murrumbidgee region and generally stay reasonably close to the waterways. It is difficult to source true Yellows as there has been natural hybridization with the Adelaide Rosella and Crimson rosella, and the Yellow's natural habitat has been greatly diminished by agriculture. There are some successful recovery programs in place. Not commonly kept in the north.



Picture shows front view of cock-bird to the left and back (mantle) view of hen to the right.