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  Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)





Pale-headed Rosella | Platycercus adscitus photo
Pale-headed Rosella photographed in Brisbane suburban garden.

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Pale-headed Rosella | Platycercus adscitus photo
Male is more brightly coloured. Female has less yellow around neck.

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.



PALE-HEADED ROSELLA FACTS

Description
The Pale-headed Rosella is a broad-tailed parrot, with a pale head and white cheek patches. The underside is mainly blue, with red under the tail. The back is yellow with dark flecks. The female is similar but less brightly coloured.

Size
31cm

Habitat
woodlands, farmland, parks and gardens near tree cover

Food
seeds and fruits of grasses, shrubs and trees, flowers, insects.

Breeding
nests in tree hollows, with 4-8 eggs laid on wood dust at base of hollow.

Range
north-eastern and eastern Australia.

distribution map showing range of Platycercus adscitus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Platycercus
Species:adscitus
Common Name:Pale-headed Rosella

Relatives in same Genus
  Green Rosella (P. caledonicus)
  Crimson Rosella (P. elegans)
  Eastern Rosella (P. eximius)
  Western Rosella (P. icterotis)
  Northern Rosella (P. venustus)