Western rosella

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Western rosella
Platycercus icterotis1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Platycercus
Species: P. icterotis
Binomial name
Platycercus icterotis
(Kuhl, 1820)

The western rosella (Platycercus icterotis) less commonly known as the Stanley rosella, Earl of Derby's parakeet or Yellow-cheeked parakeet, is the smallest species of rosella and is found in south-western Australia.[2] in Eucalypt forests and timbered areas. These are smallish parrots measuring 25–30 cm (9.8–11.8 in) in length and weighing from 28 to 80 g (0.99 to 2.82 oz), with an average of 63.3 g (2.23 oz).[3][4] They are red from the head to the breast with white or beige-yellow cheeks and blue and green patterned wings, with males being slightly larger and having a more vibrant yellow cheek colouring. Their bills are a grey 'horn' colour like most Australian parrots.[5]


Habitat, breeding and diet

Western rosellas socialise in pairs but will often congregate in groups of twenty or so to forage when the season permits; their diet is herbivorous, consisting mostly of grass and seeds. They nest mostly in hollow tree trunks usually a meter or so deep and will favour hollows that have dust in the bottom (as may be created by insects boring out the tree or limb). The female incubates the eggs and leaves in the morning and afternoon to eat food found by the male.[6]

Domestic rosellas

Western rosellas make reasonable pets; however, they have a habit of being aggressive if kept with other pets.[7] They are largely sociable with humans and will whistle in return if whistled at.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Platycercus icterotis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Platycercus / Barnardius - Rosellas". Avian Web. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  3. ^ CRC Handbook of Avian Body Masses by John B. Dunning Jr. (Editor). CRC Press (1992), ISBN 978-0-8493-4258-5.
  4. ^ [1] (2011).
  5. ^ "Platycercus icterotis (Kuhl 1820) - Western Rosella". Lexicon of parrots. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Western Rosella". Birds in backyards. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Western Rosella?". Bird board. 2005-09-11. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  • Lendon AH (1980). Australian Parrots in Field and Aviary. Angus & Robertson. ISBN 0-207-12424-8. 
  • Simpson, Ken & Day, Nicolas (1996). Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Viking. ISBN 0-670-86305-X. 

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