Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosella
Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

The Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) feeds on seeds, fruit, flowers, nectar and insects. It is found in a variety of habitats including open woodlands, grasslands, remnant bushland and urban areas.

It has white cheeks and a red head and chest. The lower breast is yellow blending to green on the abdomen. The nape of the neck is yellow and the rump yellowish green. The shoulders are bright blue. The female is similar in colour to the male only duller.

Eastern Rosellas mate for life and nest in hollow branches of dead or living gum trees (nests have also been found in rotting logs lying on the ground). Eggs are laid on a platform of decayed wood. The male feeds the female while she incubates the eggs.