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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
Conservation status
IUCNLeast Concern

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Platycercus elegans is a medium-sized Australian parrot at 36 cm (14 in) long, much of which is tail. There are five subspecies, three of which are actually crimson. The red is replaced by yellow in the case of var. flaveolus and a mixture of red, orange and yellow in the Adelaide Rosella. Adults and juveniles generally show strikingly different colouration in south-eastern populations, with predominantly greenish-olive body plumage on the juvenile, most persistent on the nape and breast. ... source: Wikipedia

The Crimson Rosella has distinctive crimson and blue plumage. Juveniles have green on their backs and wings. Crimson Rosellas are normally seen in small flocks source: OZ Animals

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Aus Wild Life
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Barry Armstead Photography
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OZ Animals
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Species Lists

Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Red body, blue wings, blue cheeks.
Description : Adults; body mostly red, cheek and upperwing have blue patches, upperparts and remainder of wings black with red edges. Juveniles: mostly green with forehead, breast and undertail red. Body up to 40 cm long.
Biology : Crimson Rosellas usually live solitarily or in pairs, sometimes forming flocks in winter. They feed mainly on seeds and fruit, foraging in trees and on the ground. Crimson Rosellas nest in hollows in high trees and breed from September to February. The female lays and incubates four to eight eggs and both parents feed the young after they hatch. In captivity they live around 20 years. There are five subspecies of Crimson Rosella, two of which, the Yellow Crimson Rosella and the Adelaide Rosella, have quite different colourations and distinct geographic distributions and were once thought to be different species because they look so different. They were reclassified as subspecies because they interbreed where their ranges overlap.
Habitat: Wet forests and woodlands in mountain areas, also in urban areas.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Herbivore
Colours: red blue
Distribution: Coastal Queensland, New South Wales, southern Victoria, southern New South Wales, and through Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Museum Victoria Sciences Staff / Museum Victoria
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Orange-red rosella; tail, shoulder and cheeks blue.
Description : Adelaide subspecies vary in colour across their range: they are more red in southern areas but less red than Crimson Rosellas; and more orange in northern areas, but more red than Yellow Rosellas. Head, neck and parts under body orange-red; upper tail and shoulder blue. Blue patches on cheek. Feathers of upper parts fringed with orange-yellow. Up to 38 cm long; wingspan to 53 cm.
Biology : The Adelaide Rosella occurs in timbered habitats from south of Adelaide to Clare and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Their colour varies from red-orange to orange-yellow from south to north across the range. They are gregarious, noisy and active birds, feeding on the ground, in trees and shrubs, and can be approachable, but will retreat noisily into cover if disturbed.
Habitat: Open forest and woodland, trees beside roads, water, farms and orchards.
Maximum size (cm): 38cm
Diet: Herbivore (seeds, fruits, nuts) with some insects and larvae.
Colours: Red, Orange, Black, Yellow, Blue
Distribution: South Australia.
Habitat types: Terrestrial
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Alexis Tindall / South Australian Museum
Biological, ecological, conservation and legal information for all species and subspecies of Australian bird
genus: Platycercus
specificEpithet: elegans
infraspecificEpithet: NA
scientificName_CandB: Platycercus elegans
nameAccordingTo: NA
Family_vernacularName: Parrots, Lorikeets and Rosellas
family: Psittaculidae
order: Psittaciformes
taxonRank: species
Ultrataxon: 0
UltrataxaPerSpecies: 7
SpeciesPerGenus: 6
GeneraPerFamily: 45
FamiliesPerOrder: 4
SpeciesUniqueness: 9.7
UltrataxonUniqueness: NA
PatchClade: Psittacidae1
HackettFineClades: Parrots
HackettCoarseClades: Parrots
PopulationDescription: Endemic (entirely Australian)
establishmentMeans: Endemic (entirely Australian)
CoreTaxa: 1
Non-breedingPopulationsOfCoreTaxa: 0
Extinct: 0
Introduced: 0
Vagrant: 0
Supplementary: 0
EndemicEntirelyInAustralia: 1
EndemicBreedingOnly: 0
Non-breedingOnly: 0
PercentInAustraliaBreeding: 7
PercentInAustraliaNon-breeding: 7
GlobalIUCNStatus_2015: LC
GlobalIUCNCriteria_2015: NA
AustralianStatus_1990: LC
AustralianStatusCriteria_1990: NA
AustralianStatus_2000: LC
AustralianStatusCriteria_2000: NA
AustralianStatus_2010: LC
AustralianStatusCriteria_2010: NA
AustralianStatusJuly_2015: LC
AustralianStatusCriteriaJuly_2015: NA
EPBCStatusJuly_2015: not listed
EPBCYearListed: NA
BonnConvention: not listed
CAMBA: not listed
JAMBA: not listed
ROKAMBA: not listed
Migratory: not listed
EPBCMarine: not listed
ACTStatus_2015: not listed
NSWStatus_2015: not listed
NTStatus_2015: not listed
QLDStatus_2015: LC
SAStatus_2015: not listed
TASStatus_2015: not listed
VICStatus_2015: not listed
WAStatus_2015: not listed
AustralianCapitalTerritory: Core
NewSouthWales: Core
NorthernTerritory: not listed
Queensland: Core
SouthAustralia: Core
Tasmania: not listed
Victoria: Core
WesternAustralia: not listed
NorfolkIsland: Introduced
LordHoweIsland: not listed
HeardIsland: not listed
MacquarieIsland: not listed
ChristmasIsland: not listed
CocosKeelingIsland: not listed
AshmoreAndOtherIndianOceanIslands: not listed
CoralSea: not listed
AustralianFishingZone: 0
AlsoInPapuaNewGuinea: not listed
ConnectivityWithPapuaNewGuinea: NA
AlsoInIndonesia: not listed
ConnectivityWithIndonesia: NA
AlsoInTimor-Leste: not listed
ConnectivityWithTimor-Leste: NA
AlsoInNewZealand: present
ConnectivityWithNewZealand: none
AlsoInNewCaledonia: not listed
ConnectivityWithNewCaledonia: NA
AustralianContinentalIslandOnly: 0
AustralianOceanicIslandOnly: 0
BodyLength: 37
BodyLengthMin: 35
BodyLengthMax: 38
BodyMassAverage: 126.0
BodyMassMin: 75.0
BodyMassMax: 170.0
MaleBodyMassAverage: 132.0
MaleBodyMassMin: 105.0
MaleBodyMassMax: 170.0
FemaleBodyMassAverage: 114.0
FemaleBodyMassMin: 75.0
FemaleBodyMassMax: 170.0
UnsexedBodyMassAverage: NAV
UnsexedBodyMassMin: NAV
UnsexedBodyMassMax: NAV
SourceOfBodyMassData: HANZAB
BrainVolume: 3.78
BrainMass: 3.92
BrainMassResidual: 0.26
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialAridShrubland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialChenopodShrubland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialHeath: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTriodiaHummockGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialOtherGrassland: 1
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialMallee: 1
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTropicalSavannaWoodland: 0
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTemperateDrySclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 1
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialTemperateWetSclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 1
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialRainforest: 1
FeedingHabitatTerrestrialMangroveTrees: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersRiversAndStreams: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersDeepOpenWater: 0
FeedingHabitat_Inland_waters_Shallow_open_water: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersReedsAndTallWetGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatInlandWatersLowMarshlandAndWetGrassland: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalSandy: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalRocky: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalSoftMud: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalSaltmarsh: 0
FeedingHabitatCoastalMangroveFloor: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineVeryColdPelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineColdPelagic: 0
138FeedingHabitatMarineTemperatePelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineWarmPelagic: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineColdInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineTemperateInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatMarineWarmInshore: 0
FeedingHabitatOtherNon-AustralianHabitat: 0
FeedingHabitatAgriculturalLandscapes: 1
FeedingHabitatUrbanLandscapes: 1
BreedingHabitatAridShrubland: 0
BreedingHabitatChenopodShrubland: 0
BreedingHabitatHeath: 0
BreedingHabitatTriodiaHummockGrassland: 0
BreedingHabitatOtherGrassland: 0
BreedingHabitatMallee: 0
BreedingHabitatTropicalSavannaWoodland: 0
BreedingHabitatTemperateDrySclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 1
BreedingHabitatTemperateWetSclerophyllForestAndWoodland: 1
BreedingHabitatRainforest: 1
BreedingHabitatMangrove: 0
BreedingHabitatInlandWetland: 0
BreedingHabitatBeachesAndSandCays: 0
BreedingHabitatRockyCoastsAndIslets: 0
BreedingHabitatOtherNon-AustralianHabitats: 0
BreedingHabitatAgriculturalLands: 1
BreedingHabitatUrban: 1
FoodFruit: 1
FoodNectarOrPollen: 0
FoodSeeds: 1
FoodFoliageOrherbs: 0
FoodCormsOrtub: 0
FoodTerrestrial_invertebrates: 1
FoodTerrestrialVertebrates: 0
FoodCarrion: 0
FoodIntertidalInvertebrates: 0
FoodFishOrInvertebratesMarine: 0
FoodfishOrInvertebratesInlandWaters: 0
FeedingAggregationSolitary: 0
FeedingAggregationPairs: 0
FeedingAggregationFlocks: 1
MeanFlightInitiationDistance: 9.1
ClutchSizeAverage: 5.5
ClutchSizeMin: 3
ClutchSizeMax: 8
EggLength: 28.5
EggDiameter: 23.3
NestLocationGroundLevel: 0
NestLocationSupported: 0
NestLocationHanging: 0
NestLocationBurrow: 0
NestLocationHollow: 1
NestLocationFloating: 0
NestAggregationSolitary: 1
NestAggregationColonial: 0
NestAggregationParasitic: 0
BreedingSystemCooperative: 0
NationalMovementLocalDispersal: 1
NationalMovementPartialMigrant: 0
NationalMovementTotalMigrant: 0
NationalMovementNomadicOropportunistic: 0
NationalMovementIrruptive: 0
NatureOfInternationalMovements: none
MixingBeyondAustralia: 0
LevelOfInternationalGeneticExchange: nil
LevelOfInternationalGeneticExchangeReliability: certain
MaximumTimeElapsedToRecapture: 4138
MaximumDistanceOfRecapture: 96
NumberOfBandedBirdsRecovered: 538
ClimateSpecialisation: 1.249
SpecialisationIndex: 0.74
SensitivityIndex: 0.82
AreaOfSuitableClimateInsideRange: 625
AreaOfSuitableClimateOutsideRange: 344
PercentOfSuitableClimateCurrentlyInsideRange: 65
PercentOfSuitableClimateRemainingInsideRange: 47
InsideRange_10thPercentile: 28
InsideRange_90thPercentile: 65
PercentOfSuitableClimateRemainingOutsideRange: 16
OutsideRange_10thPercentile: 14
OutsideRange_90thPercentile: 21
ClimateModelFactorAnnualMeanTemperature: 12
ClimateModelFactorTemperatureSeasonality: 2
ClimateModelFactorMaxTemperatureOfWarmestMonth: 43
ClimateModelFactorMinTemperatureOfColdestMonth: 3
ClimateModelFactorAnnualPrecipitation: 0
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationSeasonality: 0
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationOfWettestQuarter: 1
ClimateModelFactorPrecipitationOfDriestQuarter: 39
MeanMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
MaximumMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
ChangeInMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
ChangeInMaximumMarineProductivityAroundBreedingColonies: NA
BirdLifeAustraliaSpeciesNumber: 282
BirdLifeAustraliaTaxonID: 282

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans

Common Names

Common name Source
Crimson Rosella
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Working classification

Platycercus (Platycercus)
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans elegans  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans flaveolus : Yellow Rosella  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans fleurieuensis  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans melanoptera  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans nigrescens  Recorded in Australia
Platycercus (Platycercus) elegans subadelaidae  Recorded in Australia

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