Eastern Rosella: A closer look

One of three Eastern Rosella investigating the Honeyeater Garden

At the unfinished end of the Honeyeater Garden, an Eremophila Maculata plant is about to burst into flower and this Eastern Rosella was very interested in the bush.   One of three Eastern’s, presumably a family group, the bird in my photographs happened to be right outside the window, giving me a chance to get a closer look at the species.  We have had them here before but they are very shy and usually stay well away from the house.

Similar in size to the Crimson Rosella, Eastern Rosella’s have white cheek patches (Crimson’s have blue cheek patches) a wonderful full yellow on the chest, and incredibly beautiful blues and greens on their back.   When sunlight catches the green above their tail feathers, it almost seems iridescent. This photograph shows the back view, but unfortunately the bird is in the shade, so the iridescence doesn’t show.

While the Eastern Rosella was checking out the Eremophila Maculata plant, we have an opportunity to look at the plumage on its back.


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