Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)


French: Perruche à ventre jaune German: Gelbbauchsittich Spanish: Perico de Tasmania

Psittacus caledonicus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia; error = Adventure Bay, Tasmania


Proposed race brownii (from King I), of which flaviventris a junior synonym, considered too poorly differentiated to warrant recognition. Monotypic.


Tasmania and larger Bass Strait islands (King I, Flinders I).

Descriptive notes

36 cm; 90–165 g. Bill whitish, broad frontal band red, lower cheek and chin grey-blue; rest of head yellow, mottled black on nape; upperparts and tail dull green, with... read more


Flight call is a bisyllabic plaintive metallic “kleeh!-uh”. When perched, also utters low-pitched... read more


All wooded habitats within range are used, birds penetrating urban areas and visiting orchards and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of eucalypts, myrtle, sassafras, Acacia dealbata, Senecio linearifolius, Rumex, Solanum, ... read more


Sept–Feb. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a eucalypt, but also in walls of remote decayed buildings and in one (failed)... read more


Sedentary; birds in higher areas presumably descend to lower-lying areas in winter, although... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common throughout small range, and only on King I, where much Eucalyptus has... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus). 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 25 March 2018).