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Pale-headed Rosella

Platycercus adscitus

Quick facts


Size: Averages 30 cm long including long tail, 95 g.


Range and lifestyle: Found throughout most of Queensland except far inland, but also the northern edge of NSW.


Food: Mainly seeds and fruit.

Breeding: The 5-6 shiny, white rounded eggs are laid inside tree hollows or hollow stumps. The female incubates the eggs alone for 19-20 days while the male brings her food.

  • These rather shy pretty parrots are almost endemic to Queensland, replacing the Eastern Rosella of New South Wales and Victoria.

  • They feed on the seeds of trees and grasses, sometimes on the sides of roads.

  • Though comparable in size with Rainbow Lorikeets, they rarely travel in flocks and are usually seen in pairs or in small family groups.

  • In some areas, Rosellas have to compete for nest hollows with Common Mynas which were introduced to Australia many years ago.

Text © Richard Noske 2021 CC BY-NC-SA


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