Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis)


French: Perruche à oreilles jaunes German: Gelbwangenrosella Spanish: Perico carigualdo

Psittacus icterotis

Temminck & Kuhl

, 1820,

Albany, south-western Australia


Original description previously attributed to Kuhl alone, but present version is correct#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. icterotis (Temminck & Kuhl, 1820) – coastal and subcoastal SW Australia.
  • P. i. xanthogenys Salvadori, 1891 – interior SW Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–26 cm; 52–80 g. Bill whitish; head and underparts red except for ear-coverts and face below eye yellow, and some green barring on flanks; nape, mantle and... read more


    Flight call is a loud, lively “kweenk” or “kwee-kweek!”. When perched also repeats a series of... read more


    Open forest, tree-lined cereal fields, riverine growth such as jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of grasses and herbs, with birds visiting stubblefields to pick up grain; fruits, berries, flowers of E. marginata, coating... read more


    Aug–Dec. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, commonly in salmon gum (E. salmonophloia) and wandoo (E. wandoo).... read more


    Generally sedentary, but in Moora district birds arrive in Dec to breed and depart in Jun–Jul.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Relatively common and has benefited from clearance of closed forest. However, numbers may be naturally depressed by Barnardius zonarius... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis). 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 28 March 2020).