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Pale-headed Rosella - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Muscatclark
Queensland, Australia, 2007
Platycercus adscitus


30 cm (11¾ in)

  • Pale yellow head
  • Blue and yellow wings
  • Yellow underbelly
  • Red undertail

Female similar but duller


Juvenile (red markings on his head)
Photo © by cliffandrew
Walligan, Queensland, Australia, November 2008

Eastern seaboard of Australia



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • P. a. adscitus:
  • Eastern Australia (extreme northern Cape York Peninsula south to Cairns)
  • P. a. palliceps:

Some authors recognise two subspecies of P.a. palliceps: P.a. amathusia and P.a. mackaiensis[2]


Photo © by cliffandrew
Walligan, Queensland, Australia, March 2007

Open forests, farmland, parks and gardens. Eucalypt woodland.


Although it comes to feeders, it does not tolerate the presences of humans.


Diet includes seeds and fruits of grasses, thistles, shrubs and trees, as well as flowers, insects and their larvae.


Nests are made in tree hollows, usually in eucalypts, hollow stumps or posts. Only the female incubates, though a few days after hatching the male helps with feeding the young.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds In Backyards
  4. The Website of Everything
  5. BF Member observations

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