Have been trying to photograph this rosella for a few days, it seems to fidget all the time and is adapt at ‘hiding’ in the foliage but I have finally managed to take a few photos that at least show the beautiful colours.
Rosellas are colourful broad-tailed parrots, about 30 cms, with distinctive cheek patches and this eastern rosella has the lovely golden mantle of yellow edges to the back feathers. They are not seen as often as the rainbow lorikeets and have a softer voice, described by my bird book as ‘tink-tink’, pseet-it’, tock-swit-it’.
They are quite common in open woodlands and have lots of tree stumps or holes in trees to nest in at Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and surprisingly can lay as many as 4-7 eggs.
Other varieties have yellow or blue cheeks and can be a different mix of the same colours or just have a few colours, like the red, blue and black crimson rosella or the orange, blue, black Adelaide rosella. Nevertheless they are all beautiful and its lovely to spot one close up.
Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed.