Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus
Green Rosella, Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image Tasmania, Australia
January 2006

The Green Rosella is endemic to Tasmania where it is found in a wide variety of habitats from forests to gardens. It feeds on the buds and leaves of trees as well as berries and orchard fruit, a habit which does not endear it to farmers.

Green Rosella, Dover, Tasmania, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image It is generally dark green and black above with a dirty yellow crown, a red forecrown and blue cheeks. Underparts are greeny-yellow and the female in particular tends to have an orange wash on the upper breast as can be seen in some of these photos. The shoulder and tail are blue and look extremely attractive when in flight.
Green Rosella, Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image
Green Rosella, Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image
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