Image: Eastern Rosella & Crimson Rosella Illustration

Eastern Rosella & Crimson Rosella Illustration

Eastern Rosellas are colourful parrots that live in and along the edges of gum forests, woodlands and parklands in eastern Australia. They have short, sharp curved beaks and feet with two toes facing forwards and two toes facing backwards. They call with harsh screeches and bell-like whistles.

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Andrew Howells
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Eastern Rosellas are colourful parrots that live in and along the edges of gum forests, woodlands and parklands in eastern Australia. They have short, sharp curved beaks and feet with two toes facing forwards and two toes facing backwards. They call with harsh screeches and bell-like whistles.

Eastern Rosellas search for seeds and fruit on the ground and in trees in the early morning and late afternoon. They crack seeds or tear fruit open with their sharp beak and hold their food in one foot and lift it to their beak to eat.

Eastern Rosellas make nests from a bed of wood dust in gum tree hollows. Females lay four to eight round, white eggs. The female sits on the eggs for 19 to 21 days. When the eggs hatch the chicks are helpless but have soft down covering their body. The female feeds the chicks at first, but when they are two weeks old both parents feed them. The chicks have feathers and are ready to fly in five to six weeks.

The name Rosella comes from early settlers who regularly saw Eastern Rosellas near the Sydney suburb of Rose Hill and called the birds "Rose Hillers" which finally became Rosellas.

Find out more about the Eastern Rosella on the Birds in Backyards website.

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