Rosella Parakeet


Eastern Rosella

Scientific Name

Platycercus eximius


The eastern rosella is a bird that is native to the south-east of the Australian continent and to Tasmania.

Eastern rosellas are colourful medium-sized parrots with distinctive white cheek patches. They have a red head, neck and breast, a yellow underbody and a yellow-green to blue-green rump. They also have a red undertail.

The appearance of the male and female birds is quite similar. However, the feathers of the female can be duller in colour. Young birds are duller than adults. They can be aged by their bill colour, which is initially yellow or orange and changes to an off-white colour when the bird is mature.


The diet of eastern rosellas mainly consists of fruit, seeds, flowers and insects.

Size Fact

The eastern rosella can grow up to 37cm in length.

Food Fact

The eastern rosella uses one of its feet (usually the right foot) to hold food when eating.

Fun Fact

It is difficult for rosellas to imitate human speech, but they are excellent imitators of whistling.

IUCN Red list

The eastern rosella is currently classified as Least Concern on the IUCN red list.

Where do I live?

The eastern rosella is found in lightly wooded country, open forests, woodlands, gardens, bushlands and parks. It is native to Australia.

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