Yellow Rosella Platycercus elegans flaveolus
Yellow Rosella, Mildura, Victoria, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Australia
February / March 2006

This sub-species of Crimson Rosella P. elegans is distributed in the interior of south-east Australia along the rivers Murray and Murrumbidgee. It is found in stands of River Red Gums Eucalyptus camaldulensis which are not used by the other sub-species of P. elegans.

Yellow Rosella, Deniliquin, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Many authorities have treated Yellow Rosella as a species and I must say that its appearance, its habitat and its apparent behaviour (the birds I saw were much more arboreal than Crimson Rosella) suggest this treatment. However, it now seems to be treated by most authorities as a sub-species of Crimson Rosella P. elegans.
Immature Yellow Rosella, Deniliquin, NSW, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Photo 3 shows an immature with a olive-green back rather than the pale yellow-green mottled with black of the adult bird seen in photo 1.
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