Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)


Taxonomy

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

Psittacus caledonicus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

New Caledonia; error = Adventure Bay, Tasmania

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54509 on 17 December 2018).