|Yellow Rosella Platycercus elegans flaveolus
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.
|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.|
|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.|