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Bird Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Scientific Name: Platycercus eximius

Common Name: Eastern Rosella

Order: Psittaciformes

Family: Psittaculidae

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Distribution: southeast of the Australia and to Tasmania.

Habitat: Lightly wooded country, open forests, woodlands, gardens, bushlands and parks. It eats grass seeds and fruits.

Field Notes: The Eastern Rosella is 30 cm long. It has a red head and white cheeks. Beak is white and the irises are brown. The upper breast is red and the lower breast is yellow fading to pale green over the abdomen. The feathers of the back and shoulders are black, and have yellowish or greenish margins giving rise to a scalloped appearance that varies slightly between the subspecies and the sexes. The wings and lateral tail feathers are bluish while the tail is dark green. The legs are grey. The female is similar to the male though duller in colouration and has an underwing stripe, which is not present in the adult male.
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