Pale-headed rosella

 Platycercus adscitus

The Pale-headed Rosella is endemic to north-eastern and eastern Australia where it may be observed in savanna woodlands, lightly timbered woodlands with a grassy understorey, tree-lined watercourses and agricultural lands.

Pale-headed Rosellas feed in trees and shrubs, but more often on the ground. They mainly eat seeds and fruits of grasses, shrubs and trees, as well as flowers, insects and their larvae.

 

September to January or any time depending on rainfall is breeding time for these beautiful birds. They make their nests in the hollows of either dead or living trees, usually in eucalypts, or hollow stumps and posts. The eggs are laid on wood dust and only the female incubate the eggs, but a few days after hatching the male helps with feeding the young.