Rosellas nesting

It’s terrific to witness the surge of breeding activity as winter heads towards spring.

Rosellas, Eastern and Crimson, are busy cleaning out nesting sites in preparation for egg-laying.

In town it’s not uncommon to see mixed pairs partnering up.

CR1

Crimson Rosella at nest hollow in Elm, Wyndham Street Newstead, 6th August 2016

CR2

II

ER1

Here is the partner.

ER2

Eastern Rosella at prospective nest site, Mia Mia Road, 13th August 2016

4 responses to “Rosellas nesting

  1. Damn it! I have a stack of boxes waiting to be put in trees and I’m stuck in Alice. Ah well next season…

  2. Do the Crimson and Eastern actually mate together? How does this affect the plumage they develop?
    John Smith

  3. When they hybridise, you often get an Eastern looking Rosella but with blue cheeks instead of white.

  4. Hi Geoff – check out the ‘Eastern’ looking bird in the elm – reckon its a Crimson x Eastern hybrid … red mantle but white cheeks.
    Cheers, geoff

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