Eastern Rosella (species: Platycercus (Platycercus) eximius) in Border Ranges NP (Gaia Guide)
Platycercus (Platycercus) eximius
Eastern Rosella

©Charlie: Eastern Rosella at Bulahdelah

©Leo: Eastern Rosella (Platycercus (Platycercus) eximius)

©J.J. Harrison: Juvenile Eastern Rosella (Platycercus (Platycercus) eximius)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Platycercus
Species Platycercus (Platycercus) eximius
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The Eastern Rosella has a red head and white cheeks. The beak is white and the irises are brown. The upper breast is red and the lower breast is yellow fading to pale green over the abdomen. The feathers of the back and shoulders are black, and have yellowish or greenish margins giving rise to a scalloped appearance that varies slightly between the subspecies and the sexes. The wings and lateral tail feathers are bluish while the tail is dark green. The legs are grey.

The female is similar to the male though duller in colouration and have an underwing stripe, which is not present in the adult male.

Juveniles are duller than females and also have an underwing stripe. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 45 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Eastern Rosella is found in lightly wooded country. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


mixed flock of Eastern and Pale-headed Rosellas having a scrap, alarm call and fly off

© Peter Woodall


It eats grass seeds and fruits.(Wikipedia)

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