|Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans, Canberra. |
(The Coastal Banksia B. integrifolia, is not native to Canberra.)
|Immature Crimson Rosella, Canberra.|
|Like other rosellas, Yellows can be pretty squabbly!|
|Eastern Rosella, near Canberra.|
The striking white - not blue - cheek patch is one obvious distinction from the Crimson.
|Crimson - Eastern Rosella hybrids, Canberra. |
(Both shots were taken long ago in a previous yard of mine in fact.)
Below the hybrid appears with its Crimson parent.
|Pale-headed Rosella, Roma, Queensland.|
|Western Rosella males - only in this species are the sexes different.|
Above Albany, below Stirling Ranges NP.
The final rosella species was not represented in my image library when I wrote this post, but immediately afterwards we holidayed in Tasmania, so I can now rectify that omission.
|Green Rosella Platycercus caledonicus, Bruny Island, Tasmania.|
This is a Tasmanian endemic. The confusing species name was based on the type specimen
being erroneously labelled as deriving from New Caledonia.