eight species of Rosellas and many subspecies. The eight include the
Green Rosella, (also known as the Tasmanian Rosella), Crimson Rosella
(also known as the Pennant's parakeet), Yellow Rosella, Adelaide Rosella,
Eastern Rosella (also known as the Golden-mantled), Mealy Rosella,
Northern Rosella or Brown's, and the Stanley Rosella.
They are hardy, elegant birds and have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years or
more in captivity. They are active and vocal parakeets although they are
not great talkers.
Rosella parakeets originate from all areas of Australia. Other popular
Australian parakeets residing with the Rosella include the many species of
grass parakeets which are a bit smaller.
Rosella parakeets feed on green food, bugs, and berries in the wild so it is
necessary to provide them with this important food in captivity as well.
There a variety of sprouts and greens that can be made at home or
purchased in the supermarket such as alfalfa, broccoli, and bean.
Mealworms are a tasty treat and should be offered in a separate feeding
A good quality parakeet seed mix, pellets and fresh fruits and vegetables
should be given daily. Millet is a daily favorite. Fresh water should be given
daily, discarding and replenishing any contaminated water. Check out the
fresh foods you should be feeding your parrot on our fresh food list
It is best to breed Rosella parakeets when they are over 18 to 24 months.
They are best kept as single pairs since they can show aggressive
behavior with other species. Large aviaries with sufficient flight space can
be successful with proper daily observation for any quarreling. Breeding
season is late summer ( August ) through winter ( January ).
Once the environment is established, females will generally lay between six
to eight eggs. The incubation period is on average 20 days. They will
wean from their parents at 8 to 10 weeks old.
There is conflict in whether Rosella parakeets make good companion pets.
When given the proper environment, diet, and social activity within the
family, they can be just as pleasant as other smaller birds. Rosellas need
to be handled daily to produce the best outcome for a tame bird. These
birds are recommended for those knowledgeable and dedicated to the
smaller, unique parakeet.
When choosing a cage for your pet, we highly recommend purchasing an
acrylic cage for your bird to be housed in. These cages provide a practical
solution to birdie messes and add beauty to your home.
|Fun Feathered Fact
The United States
once had its own
species of parrot, the
Carolina parakeet, but
about 1920 because
of forest destruction
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