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Pale-headed Rosella

Photo: Courtesy of
       Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey  

Pale-headed Rosella:
Platycercus adscitus

Identifying characteristics:

  • A pretty parrot with a strange colour combination of a blue body and pale yellow head.

  • There is red and green on the rump and blue on the underbelly; this blue is also on the face of Cape York individuals of this species, thus sometimes giving rise to the second common name of 'Blue-cheeked Rosella' (not to be confused with the 'Blue-cheeked Rosella' group).


  •  It is found in the woodlands along the eastern Queensland coast into northern N.S.W., and was once considered two different species.


  • As with the other rosellas, the 'Pale-headed' has a piping call, with several high even pipes in a row that sound rather like a pardalote.

Script courtesy of Naturalist Guide Damon Ramsey


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