. Adelaide rosella
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- An Australian Parrot
- Scientific Name:
Platycercus elegans adelaidae
- Common Name/s:
- Sub Species:
The Adelaide Rosella is a sub-species of the Crimson Rosella P. e.
- Origin / Distribution:
- Habitat In Wild:
Forested areas and surrounding secondary vegetation.
- Status In Wild:
- Status In (Australian) Captivity:
- Age To Sexual Maturity: Ideally hens should be 18 months
of age or older before attempting breeding. May take up to 2 - 3
years to reach full sexual maturity.
- Adult plumage: attained at about
- Lifespan (estimate): approx. 15
Dimorphic. Surgical or DNA testing is
the most reliable.
Yes. Some include Pied, Lutino, Cinnamon.
- Temperament: Hardy birds and
adapt well to captivity. Best housed as one pair per cage as some
of these birds can become
aggressive, especially around breeding season, to other rosellas and
parrots. Solid partitions may be necessary between flights.
- Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: -
Normal colour (Approx.) $150
- Description Of Adults:
- Length: Approx 360 mm (or approx. 14 inches)
- Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer
photo/s above if available.
- Weight: Approx. 140
- 150 gms (or approx. 5 ozs)
on "Rosellas" web page and use in conjunction with details
outlined on this page.
Level Of Knowledge
Required: Beginner /
Intermediate / Advanced /
Specialist Breeders Only.
Government Regulations & By-Laws:
Refer to " Government Laws " web page.
Refer to " Rosellas " and " Housing Birds "
web pages for general details on the housing of Australian Rosellas or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
One pair per aviary.
Leafy branches can be placed in the aviary for the birds to chew up.
This will entertain the birds, help minimize boredom and give the birds
some beak exercise. Natural branches can be used for perches. These
natural perches will be chewed by the birds and may need to be replaced
Diet / Feeding:
Refer to " Rosellas " and " Feeding Birds "
web pages for general details on the feeding of Australian Rosellas or
read on for specific details for this parrot.
As per " Rosellas " web page.
A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and
can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds
preferences. Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by
the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.
If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their
own choice. Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and
been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.
Try and keep that one for their exclusive use. Once a pair has
chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.
If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight,
ensure the log / nest box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the
minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.
All Australian parrots will breed in hollow logs.
- Nesting months:
July to November
- Log / Nest-box:
/ depth 400 - 600 mm (or approx 16 - 24 inches)
- Log internal
diameter approx. 175 - 250 mm (or approx. 7 - 10
- Nest-box internal dimensions approx.175 - 225
mm square (or approx. 7 - 9 inches square)
- Diameter of
hole approx. 65 - 75 mm (or approx 2.5 - 3 inches)
- Inspection hole (square or round)
(or approx 4 inches)
- A removable top / lid can be a
useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
- Location and height
of log / nest-box = high in the covered part of the aviary but not
too close to the roof to be affected by heat from the roof in the
- Angle of log or nest box = 45 degrees through to
- Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw
dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
- Who incubates the egg/s:
Hen / cock / both share.
Timber nest-boxes generally
require a climbing structure attached inside the box below the entrance
hole. Both logs and nests need an entrance hole/opening of about
65 - 75 mm diameter and about 100 mm (about 4 inches) from the top. Many
species of parrots like the entrance hole to be just big enough to
More details on
parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of
parrot nestbox/log photos
can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos"
web pages. Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests"
and "parrot nestbox photos" in
the navigation bars.
Egg Colour White. Clutch/s
per year 1, sometimes 2. Eggs per nest 4 - 6.
20 days. Fledge approx 5 weeks. Independent approx.
another 2 - 4 weeks. About 3 or 4 weeks after leaving the nest, remove the
young from that cage.
Adelaide, Crimson and Yellow Rosellas hybridise with each other as
well as other types of rosellas and care must be taken as they can also
hybridise with other species of parrots.
Hybrids should not be allowed to occur in captive populations.
Accidental hybrids should be hand tamed upon leaving the nest and sold
as pets .(i.e. Never to be used as breeders.)
Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not
be covered on this web site. It is too complex and diverse in nature to
be attempted here.
Refer to "Avian Health Issues"
web page for information and references.
- Worming and parasite control and Quarantine
requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to
require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web
site. Refer "Avian Health Issues"
web page option.
- Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep
updating your knowledge and skills.
General References: Refer to references listed on "Book References"
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