There is a stunning parrot that lives in southeastern Australia called the Crimson Rosella. To those of us who do not live in a world full of parrots, it is incredibly thrilling to see this big bright bird on a tree limb plucking blossoms.
They inhabit coastal and mountain forests, and also human areas like gardens, parks, and golf courses. Platycercus elegans eat fruit, seeds, berries, and bugs. A big bird, at about 14 inches (36 cm) long, they can often be seen foraging in noisy flocks.
There are six species of rosellas; all are colorful, medium-sized parrots native to Australia and nearby islands. To read more about the Crimson Rosella, click here.
Although I have seen crimson rosellas in numerous parts of Australia, they were especially tame at a mountain lodge called O’Reilly’s. Athena had them eating out of her hand.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander, Jet Eliot