There are 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 Browns, 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. They can act aggressive towards eachother and their young, special observations must be taken when introducing other birds in or near the cage.
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 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 bowl. 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.
Long flight cages and aviary settings are typically the best type of habitat for Rosella parakeets. For smaller spaces, a medium sized bird cage, large enough for them to spread their whole wing-span and climb around is suitable.
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.
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.