Pet Birds From Australia – An Introduction to Rosellas

Of all the native Australian birds used as pets, rooks are among the most sought after. This is due to the wonderful variety of colors, sizes and unique branding. The markings on the back feathers are what make them unique in the bird world. There are different species of Rosella, each unique in its own way, and all have similar requirements when used in aviculture.

Common to all arosellas is the feather pattern on their backs and distinctive cheek patches. A very colorful, medium-sized parrot native to Australia and the surrounding islands. These colorful birds of the Australian mainland tend to live in farmland, forests, woodlands and suburban gardens and parks, on coastal mountains and plains, but not in the outback. Specific breeds tend to live in a particular area. Most Rosella species live in large flocks in the wild, but not all. In general, their name originates from the area of ​​Australia where they were first noticed by pioneers, in the Rose Hill area of ​​Sydney.

The most common species are: Western Rosella – the smallest of the species with two subspecies and is found in south-west Australia. Crimson Rosella – five subspecies and lives in eastern and southeastern Australia. Green Rosella – the largest species and native to Tasmania. Pale-headed Rosella – two subspecies and found in eastern Australia. Eastern Rosella – three subspecies and although native to the eastern part of the country, they are found in many regions including Tasmania, and have been introduced into New Zealand where wild populations can be found. Northern Rosella – mainly found in the north as the name suggests, but can also be seen in open savannas and other areas; this is also more likely to be found in small groups or only in pairs in the wild. All of them are popular as pets.

A bird is the best choice for keeping roses in captivity, as this ensures an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat. If a bird is not an option, they will do well in cages as long as the cage is large enough. However, they should get regular exercise outside the cage and have the opportunity to have a fly around. These birds are not usually talkative, and will mostly chirp, although they can learn some unique sounds or strange whistles. A single Rosella will form a very strong bond with its owner.

An important warning about storing roses:

They are best kept alone or in pairs, as they can be very aggressive with each other if many are confined together, which is a strange thing about captives, especially since they tend to live in the wild. When keeping birds or cages, try not to keep more than two and make sure they belong to the same subfamily of the species. These birds will die in captivity if different subspecies are allowed to cross each other, so be sure to keep more than one type of rosella by keeping the different subspecies in separate aviaries or cages. If the birds are connected together, you should at least double net so that these birds cannot make physical contact. Beautiful birds, yes, they have these requirements, but they can be easily obtained.

Most bird keepers will suggest that roses should not be kept in a mixed aviary with other types of birds due to their aggressive nature. That may be the case, but in the past I’ve had a couple of Eastern Rosellas (golden mantled rosellas) in the same mixed aviary with budgies, cockatiels, budgerigars and cockatiels and I’ve had no problems, the rosellas tended to keep to themselves. and doing their own thing. It is best to get advice from a professional birder if you are unsure.

In summary, there are several types of rosella available to the birder, but their demand can often mean paying a hefty fee to purchase any. However, their physical appearance is worth the expense.

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