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Crimson Rosella

Crimson-bellied Parakeet
Crimson Chat

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Crimson Chat

  • Epthianura tricolor
  • Chats & Honeyeaters

About the Crimson Rosella

Also known as: Yellow Rosella, Adelaide Rosella, Beautiful Lory, Blue-cheeked Rosella, Campbell Parakeet, Red Lory, Crimson-and-yellow Rosella

The Crimson Rosella is a small species of parrot native to eastern and southeastern parts of Australia. They are found in a variety of altitudes in mountain forest and woodland.

Crimson Rosellas feed on a variety of plant material, including pine seeds, fruit, berries, and flower nectar. They also feed on insects and insect larvae.

The Crimson Rosella has a beautiful, striking plumage. Adutl birds have a mostly red body with pretty black scalloping on the back. The wings, cheeks, and tail are highlighted by bright blue. Juvenile birds have green-olive bodies. The subspecies Yellow Rosella is yellow where the nominate Crimson is red.

The Crimson Rosella is popular in aviculture. There are several color mutations, including blue, white, and cinnamon. Crimson Rosellas enjoy a large natural range and are considered to be common and abundant throughout their range.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 May 2015
Scientific Name Platycercus elegans
  • Psittaciformes
  • Psittaculidae
  • Platycercus
  • P. elegans
Birdorable Family Parrots & Parakeets
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 18 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 to 14.5 inches
17 to 21 inches
2.6 to 6 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 红玫瑰鹦鹉 (Chinese)
  • rosela Pennantova (Czech)
  • Pennants Rosella (Danish)
  • Pennant-rosella (Dutch)
  • punarosella (Finnish)
  • Perruche de Pennant (French)
  • Pennantsittich (German)
  • Rosella di Pennant (Italian)
  • アカクサインコ [akakusainko] (Japanese)
  • Rødrosella (Norwegian)
  • rozella królewska (Polish)
  • Красная розелла (Russian)
  • Perico Elegante (Spanish)
  • Blåkindad rosella (Swedish)