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Australia is home to many species of vibrantly coloured rosella, including Crimson Rosellas, Eastern Rosellas, Western Rosellas, Northern Rosellas, Pale-headed Rosellas, Yellow Rosellas, Adelaide Rosellas and Green Rosellas. So there is probably one living near you.

Rosellas often perch on rooftops, in trees and on fences. You will know they are there by their distinctive calls and colourful feathers.

These birds are not afraid of people and are a common sight in Australian suburbs and popular visitors to picnics.

The Crimson Rosella lives in eastern Australia and is probably the most easily recognised rosella, with its red, blue and black colouring. It makes a 'cussik-cussik' call.

Rosellas are seen frequently in backyards foraging in the leaf litter for insects or drinking the nectar out of native flowers. Rosellas eat seeds, fruits, nuts, flowers, buds, shoots, nectar, insects and insect larvae.

Rosellas are great to have around the backyard, as they will eat bugs and help pollinate the flowers they drink nectar from.

A few species of Rosella share some overlapping territories, so how can you tell what rosella you're looking at? A good place to start is their cheek patches.

There are generally three types of cheek colouring: white, yellow and blue. The Northern, Pale-headed and Eastern Rosellas have white cheeks, the Western Rosellas have yellow cheeks, and the Green, Crimson, Yellow and Adelaide Rosellas have blue cheek patches.

Rosella groups often gather in trees and shrubs to feed or rest during the day. So if you are lucky enough you might spot a family.

Rosellas love:

But they don't like:

Be a Buddy to Rosellas

Try to:


Don't be surprised if Rosellas:

A few more Rosella facts

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