Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella 

Scientific Name:   Platycercus elegans
Origin:  Australia
Average Lifespan:   20 to 25 years
Size:    10 ½ to 14 inches
Color:   Crimson Red and Deep Blue
Sounds:   High-pitched whistle
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Crimson Rosella bird specie

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Physical Characteristics of Crimson Rosella

The Crimson Rosella is one of the most attractive pet bird parrots that is sought-after by a lot of bird enthusiasts because of its elegant beauty and bright coloration.  An adult Crimson Rosella can be easily identified by its bright crimson red plumage and violet-blue cheeks, especially the male.  Another distinctive feature of the male is its broader and bigger beak.  On the other hand, the female is relatively smaller and has a narrower and smaller bill, but has the same attractive color of the male.  The juvenile obtains the same coloration, but appears duller during its first 2 months.

It is a relatively medium-sized parrot which can be found in its native habitat, which is the southeastern part of Australia.  Unsurprisingly, it got its name particularly because of its color which is mostly bright crimson or red.  It has deep red plumage and has bright blue color on its face.  The back of the wing covers are black with red at the edges.

Even though the Crimson Rosella bird specie comes generally in bright red color, there are also other variations such as blue, white, yellow, and cinnamon especially in captivity or in the aviary where it undergoes breeding process.

Personality and Temperament

Unlike other species of parrots, Crimson Rosella is not a cuddly type and can be content by riding on your shoulder as a form of bonding with its owner.  It can also be nippy at times, so it is not advisable to be handled by very young children.  It can be a very good aviary bird, though.  As with all birds, it also prefers to be with its own species regardless of how tame your pet has become.  When handling it, make sure you do not startle because it might give a shrill call to express emotion.  Generally, it makes a high-pitched whistle and other softer calls when roosting.  It is not a great talker but may be able to copy simple sounds its owner makes.

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Health and Care

In order to thrive, the Crimson Rosella needs enough space to explore.  Make sure to provide it with a roomy cage.  A good healthy bird diet is also very essential for your pet.  Its standard diet includes fruits and vegetables.  It can also be fed with bird seeds and some grasses and shrubs since in the wild, it forages on seeds of eucalyptus, shrubs, grasses, some insects as well as some tree blossoms.

It mainly eats seeds, such as canary seed, but can also be indulged with a variety of plant materials which includes fruit, nectar, shoots, buds and leaves.  It also feeds on small insects especially during its breeding season.  In the wild, it is sometimes seen feeding on the ground, but is more often seen feeding on trees or shrubs, particularly in pairs or in small flocks. The Crimson Rosella is monogamous and will stay with its partner for the rest of its life.

It loves to bathe and groom itself so it must be provided with a bath dish.  The lifespan of this pet is reported to be until 25 years if properly taken care of.

History and Background

The Crimson Rosella is a native of Australia, from South Australia through Victoria and southeastern Queensland.  This breed is commonly found in coastal areas and forest mountains at high altitudes, where it prefers to dwell in older and more dense forests.  In their natural habitat, the Crimson Rosella can be found in a variety of forested habitats.  It is commonly found in mature wet forests but also dwells in open woodlands, gardens, parks and even golf courses.  The main appeal of this bird species is its bright crimson red and deep blue coloration.

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When breeding, the female Crimson Rosella incubates the white eggs alone but both parents care for their young.  The baby birds remain dependent to their parents for at least a month and a half before leaving their nest.

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