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Rosella Parrot
Rosella Parrot
A colorful inhabitant of the forests of Australia.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Parrots
Genus: Rosella
Species: Rosella mottled
General Settings
  • They live mainly in the east and south-east of Australia, and only a few species — on the island of Tasmania and a number of other smaller nearby islands.
  • Length-30-35 cm.
  • Weight – up to 130 g.
  • They feed on grains of various grasses and agricultural crops. They can also eat various fruits and insect larvae.
  • Life expectancy is about 15-20 years.

The rosella parrot is small in size, with bright plumage of red, yellow and blue. Ornithologists distinguish several subspecies of parakeets, which differ in the color of their plumage. Their characteristic feature is a wide step-shaped tail, in which 4 central feathers are of the same size, and the size of the remaining feathers varies in descending order in both directions from the central ones.

Social behavior

Birds are tied to the same territory and do not make migrations. They are active during the day. At nesting time, the birds are kept either in pairs or in small groups.


They nest in tree hollows. The female lays 4-6 white eggs, sometimes up to 9, at intervals of one day. Incubation begins after laying the 2nd and 3rd eggs and continues for 22-24 days. During incubation, the female does not leave the nest, and the male feeds her.

The chicks hatch blind, covered with light down. They grow very quickly and leave the nest at the age of 30 days, but their parents feed them for another 10-15 days.

Species and people

With a person, Roselle establishes a warm and trusting relationship. Roselle's talking parrots are very rare specimens. Still, these birds are better at chirping than talking. They can be taught to sing the melody, they are willing to imitate the sounds and melodious voice makes any motive unusual and beautiful.

Interesting Facts

Rosellas are quite jealous, so it is undesirable to plant parrots of other species in the aviary to them. The bird becomes extremely aggressive towards its neighbors.

Flights for roselle are vital, with the restriction of the movement of the bird, its immunity decreases and serious health problems begin, so it is best to keep roselle in aviaries or in large cages with a height of 1.5 m, and a length of 3-4 m.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
  • Data
  • Data
  • near
  • vulnerable
  • endangered
  • critically
  • extinct
    in the wild
  • Extinct
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