Rosellas are medium sized parrots native to Australia and an introduced population in New Zealand. There are six species; Western, Crimson, Green, Pale headed, Eastern and Northern, and several subspecies. They are very colourful birds 26 37 cm (10 – 14.5 in) long with long tails. Males and Females have similar plumage. All species have distinctive cheek patches.

They inhabit forest, woodlands, farmlands, and suburban parks and gardens. They are not found in the outback.

Rosellas feed primarily on the ground and eat seeds, fruit, nectar, buds and invertebrates.

Rosella @ Safari Niagara

  • There is a male rosella named Book living with Safari Niagara.

Scientific Classification


Did you know?

  • Rosellas can sometimes learn a few words or musical sounds.
  • Rosellas, like most parrots are cavity nesters. Females lay a clutch of 2 – 9 eggs. While she is incubating the eggs the male feeds the female. The incubation period is about 21 days.