Western Rosella Fact Sheet

Western Rosella

Class:
Aves
Order:
Psittaciformes
Family:
Psittaculidae
Genus:
Platycercus
Species:
icterotis
Lifespan:
15 years 
Number of Young:
Up to 3
Size:
10 in.
Weight:
2.3 oz
Reproduction:
Breeding season is August through December. Females usually lay about 4 to 5 eggs; incubation period is approximately 25 days
Range:
Found in the southwest of Western Australia
Habitat:
Found in open eucalypt forest and timbered areas, including cultivated land and orchards. 
Diet:
Seeds, fruits, flowers, insects
Description:
The head, neck and underbody of males are mostly red, while those of females and juveniles are mottled red. The cheek patch is yellow or cream.

 

Fun Facts:

  • The Western Rosella is the only rosella with yellow cheek patches.

  • Prefer to nest in hollow tree trunks

  • Fairly sociable birds!

 

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Photo by Robert Young (originally posted to Flickr as Friendly parrots) [CC BY 2.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.