Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche à tête pâle German: Blasskopfrosella Spanish: Perico pálido
Taxonomy:

Psittacus adscitus

Latham

, 1790,

Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

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Forms a species-group with P. venustus and P. eximius, and sometimes considered conspecific with both. Proposed form mackaiensis (Mackay, E Queensland) synonymized with palliceps; form elseyi is an intergrade between latter and nominate. Hybrids of present species with P. elegans were originally thought to be a separate species, “P. mastersianus” (Masters’s Rosella)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. adscitus (Latham, 1790) – N Queensland, in NE Australia.
  • P. a. palliceps Lear, 1832 – E Queensland and N New South Wales.
  • Descriptive notes

    30 cm; 100–175 g. Bill and face white shading to yellow, lightly edged black, on nape and sides of neck; chin and lower cheeks grey-blue; mantle, back and scapulars... read more

    Voice

    Flight call is a loud, dry “chit-chit”, repeated in loose series. When perched utters rather... read more

    Habitat

    Occurs in variety of habitats, including savanna woodland, paperbark woodland, riverine and swamp... read more

    Food and feeding

    Wide range of plants utilized, with 47 species recorded; forages more arboreally than P. eximius. Seeds of Eucalyptus... read more

    Breeding

    Feb–Jun in N, though with some variation depending on rainfall, Sept–Dec in S. Nest in deep hollow in living or dead tree,... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary; some local movements at the edges of range are related to climatic pressures.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Abundant throughout most of range, benefiting from agriculture and cereal cultivation; only in S, where sympatric with closely related ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus). 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/54514 on 17 December 2018).