The Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) is a medium-sized bird in the Psittacidae family of parrots, or parakeets. It is also known as the White-Cheeked Rosella.
The Eastern Rosella is brightly coloured, with a red head, white cheeks, red upper chest, yellow lower chest, and black and yellow-green back. Its shoulders are bright blue. Its wings and lateral tail feathers are bluish-white, and its tail is dark-green. Its legs are grey and its beak is white. It has brown eyes.
It grows to about 30 centimetres (12 inches) long.
The Eastern Rosella is native to south-east Australia, including Tasmania. It prefers lightly wooded areas, open forests, gardens, bushlands, and parks.
It feeds on the ground. It eats fruit, seeds, flowers, and insects.
The female Eastern Rosella chooses a nest site and lays 2-9 eggs in a tree hollow.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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