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Photo © by Nora
Toolern Vale, Melbourne, August 2006
Platycercus eximius


Photo © by IanC
Port Macquarie, New South Wales, November 2006

30cm (11¾ in)

  • Black shoulders
  • Yellow margins to black back feathers
  • Red head and upper breast
  • White cheeks
  • Yellow lower breast
  • Green belly
  • Blue wings and lateral tail feathers
  • Dark green tail
  • Red under tail coverts
  • Whitish bill

Female: similar but duller


Southeast Australia and Tasmania; introduced to New Zealand.



Subspecies diemenensis
Photo © by Cutterpillar
Hobart, Tasmania, November 2018

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. e. elecica:
  • P. e. eximius:
  • P. e. diemenensis:


Light woodland, mallee, open forests and riverine woods.



Photo © by The Bosun
Morialta Conservation Park, South Australia, October 2010

The diet consists of a wide variety of fruit and seeds. They particularly favour eucalyptus and acacia seeds.


They nest in tree hollows. The clutch consists of up to 7 white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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