Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)


French: Perruche omnicolore German: Rosella Spanish: Perico multicolor

Psittacus eximius


, 1792,

New South Wales, Australia


Forms a species-group with P. venustus and P. adscitus, and sometimes considered conspecific with both. N population formerly recognized subspecifically as cecilae, but description of that regarded as unidentifiable#R. Name aureodorsalis is a junior synonym of elecica. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Introduced (probably nominate race) to New Zealand.

    Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).