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Crimson Rosella

A Crimson Rosella perched on a branch

Scientific Name: Platycercus elegans

Size: Total Length 32-36 cm

What does it look and sound like?

Although the adult Crimson Rosella is unmistakable in its rich crimson plumage and bright blue cheeks, young birds have caused much confusion.  Most young birds have the characteristic blue cheeks, but the remainder of the plumage is a mixture of greens, reds and blues.  The young bird gradually attains the adult plumage over a period of 15 months.  In adult birds the back and wings are black, with each feather broadly edged with red, and the wings have a broad blue patch along the edge. Its harsh, ringing “cussik-cussik” is a familiar sound.  Two distinct populations of this species exists in Australia; the northern Queensland population is smaller and darker.

Where is it found?

Found within southern and eastern Australia.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Crimson Rosella is commonly associated with the tall eucalypt and wetter forests, where it is normally encountered in small flocks. Readily attracted to garden seed trays and, once familiar, it will readily accept hand held food.

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This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

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