Crimson Rosella

Platycercus elegans

The Crimson Rosella is native to eastern and south eastern Australia. It has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. Throughout its range, the Crimson Rosella is commonly associated with tall eucalypt and wetter forests. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens.

Like other rosellas, adults form permanent pairs that maintain close contact all year. They nest in a tree hollow, located high in a tree, and lined with wood shavings and dust. The female alone incubates the four to eight, normally five, white eggs, but both sexes care for the young.

The above picture was taken in the vicinity of Melbourne, Australia, in January 2003.

Genus Platycercus
Tribe Platycercini
Subfamily Platycercinae
Family Psittacidae
Order Psittaciformes
Class Aves
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
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