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About Rosellas - genus Platycercus
« on: May 30, 2016, 10:40:15 AM »
There are 8 nominate Rosella species throughout Australia.

1. EASTERN (Golden Mantle) - photo 1
2. CRIMSON - photo 2
3. PALE HEADED/BLUE CHEEK - photo 3
4. NORTHERN - photo 4
5 WESTERN
6.ADELAIDE
7.YELLOW
8.GREEN

All are a different colour & are all uniquely identified by their black scaloping on the mantle (back) and the large blue colouration on the point of the wing which exist in all 8 nominate species.

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Re: About Rosellas - genus Platycercus
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2016, 10:42:23 AM »
5 WESTERN - Photo 1
6.ADELAIDE - Photo 2
7.YELLOW - Photo 3
8.GREEN - Photo 4

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Re: About Rosellas - genus Platycercus
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2016, 10:43:42 AM »
The name ROSELLA originates from the early settlers who first spotted a bird in the Rosehill Sydney area which was given the name the 'ROSEHILL PARROT'. This was soon after changed to ROSE HILLER & subsequently shortened to 'ROSELLA'...

The Rosella belongs to the Platycercus Genus....... The term Platycercus is the scientific name meaning "Broad Tailed" or "Flat Tailed".

The 8 nominate Rosella species and the 4 Australian Ringnecks (Mallee Ringneck, Cloncurry, Port Lincoln & 28 Parrot) are all closely related & often referred to as Broadtail Parrots.



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Re: About Rosellas - genus Platycercus
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2016, 10:45:22 AM »
Rosellas can be identified by several distinguishing features such as their large cheek patch, broad tail, scollaped mantle and blue point to their wings.

Did you however know that there are 3 different cheek colours within the 8 nominate species.
Photo 1. BLUE CHEEKS: Green/Adelaide/Crimson/Yellow (the 4 largest rosellas)
Photo 2. WHITE CHEEKS: Eastern/Paleheaded/Northern (the 3 medium sized rosellas)
Photo 3. YELLOW CHEEKS: Western (the smallest rosella)

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Re: About Rosellas - genus Platycercus
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2016, 10:46:13 AM »
Did you know the Pale Headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus palliceps) is also sometimes referred to as the Mealy Rosella or more commonly the Moreton Bay Rosella due to the region in which they are endemic.

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