Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Crimson rosella

Platycercus elegans

(Photo from Flickr)



Common name:

Taxonomy:
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae

Range:
This species is native to eastern and south-eastern Australia and has been introduced to Norfolk Island and New Zealand.
Size:
The crimson rosella is 32-36 cm long and weighs 110-170 g.
Habitat:
This species is commonly associated with tall eucalypt and wetter forests, but also occurs in rainforests and suburban areas near forest.
Diet:
The crimson rosella forages in trees, bushes, and on the ground for the fruit, seeds, nectar, berries, and nuts of a wide variety of plants, namely Myrtaceae, Asteraceae and Rosaceae.
Breeding:
These birds breed in September-January. They nest is a tree hollow, located high in a tree, and lined with wood shavings and dust. There the female lays 4-8 white eggs which she incubates alone for about 20 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 35 days after hatching. They remain with the parents for another 5 weeks after fledging.
Conservation:
IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and is generally described as common to abundant. The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.

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