French: Perruche omnicolore German: Rosella Spanish: Perico multicolor
New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
P. e. elecica
Schodde & Short, 1989 – SE Queensland and NE New South Wales.
P. e. eximius
(Shaw, 1792) – extreme SE South Australia E to S & E New South Wales and Victoria.
P. e. diemenensis
North, 1911 – Tasmania.
30 cm; 90–120 g. Bill whitish, with white lower cheeks and chin; rest of head and breast red, upper belly yellow, lower belly pale green, undertail-coverts red; mantle... read more
Flight call is a loud emphatic “keet!” or “chee-cheet!”, repeated in loose series. When perched... read more
Lightly wooded landscapes including savanna woodland, mallee, open forest, riverine growth,... read more
Food and feeding
Wide range of plant species used, with 82 recorded in one study. Seeds of Eucalyptus and Acacia are particularly favoured... read more
Aug–Feb, occasionally Apr–May. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, generally a eucalypt, or in stump, fence post, fallen log,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Extremely common in most of range, but only locally numerous in Tasmania. Has benefited from clearance of forested areas for pasture and... read more
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