Crimson Rosellas

Jet Eliot

Crimson Rosella, Australia Crimson Rosella, Australia

There is a stunning parrot that lives in southeastern Australia called the Crimson Rosella.  To those of us who do not live in a world full of parrots, it is incredibly thrilling to see this big bright bird on a tree limb plucking blossoms.

Flock of Crimson Rosellas Flock of Crimson Rosellas

They inhabit coastal and mountain forests, and also human areas like gardens, parks, and golf courses.  Platycercus elegans eat fruit, seeds, berries, and bugs.  A big bird, at about 14 inches (36 cm) long, they can often be seen foraging in noisy flocks.

There are six species of rosellas; all are colorful, medium-sized parrots native to Australia and nearby islands.  To read more about the Crimson Rosella, click here.

Although I have seen crimson rosellas in numerous parts of Australia, they were especially tame at a mountain lodge called O’Reilly’s.  Athena had them eating out of her hand.

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