Eastern Rosella

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Platycercus eximius
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32 cm, 110 g. Distinctive long-tailed parrot with a bell-like ''kwink, kwink'' flight call Head, upper breast and undertail crimson; cheeks white; lower breast yellow; back, rump, flanks and belly yellowish green, mottled black on back; leading edge of inner wing black, contrasts with pale blue on the central wing and dark blue on the wingtips; tail dark bluish green, edged pale blue. Female and immature more heavily mottled black on back, and red areas duller and patchy. Loud ringing calls and chattering notes. Habitat: Favours lightly wooded country (e.g. scattered totara) but uses forest and urban parks and gardens. Breeding: Oct-Jan.

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