Western Rosella Fact Sheet

Western Rosella

Class:

Aves

Order:

Psittaciformes

Family:

Psittaculidae

Genus:

Platycercus
Species:

icterotis

Lifespan:

15 years 

Number of Young:

up to 3

Size:

10 in

Weight:

2.3 oz

Reproduction:

Breeding season is August through December.  Females usually lay about 4-5 eggs; incubation period is approximately 25 days

Range:

Found in the southwest of Western Australia

Habitat:

Found in open eucalypt forest and timbered areas, including cultivated land and orchards. 

Diet:

Seeds, fruits, flowers, insects

Description:

The head, neck and underbody of males are mostly red, while those of females and juveniles are mottled red. The cheek patch is yellow or cream.

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Facts:

  • The Western Rosella is the only rosella with yellow cheek patches.

  • Prefer to nest in hollow tree trunks

  • Fairly sociable birds!