Crimson Rosella

Species Name: Crimson Rosella Latin Name: Platycercus elegans Native To: Eastern and South Eastern Australia Conservation Status: Least Concern Taken At: Rupert Vance Moon Reserve There are seven sub species of this bird, only three of which are actually red, some sub species will be a variant of yellow instead of red. These birds forage in trees, bushes, and on the ground for fruit, seeds, nectar, berries, and nuts from a wide variety of plants. The birds nest in the hollows from trees that are higher than 1 metre (3.3 feet). The nesting site will be selected by the female of the couple and they will prepare the hollow by lining it with wood debris from the hollow itself with their beaks. The birds will guard their nest by perching near it and chattering at other rosellas that may approach, they will protect the tree within a radius of several other trees. The most common cause for the Crimson Rosella eggs failing to hatch is from a rival female Crimson Rosella destroying the eggs.

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