Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius). Photo: Chris Lindorff
You may have noticed the colourful Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) in local parks and gardens.
This medium-sized very colourful parrot has distinctive white cheek patches. It is often found in urban habitats such as parks, gardens and golf courses.
The Eastern Rosella feeds in trees, bushes and amongst grasses in lawns.
Eastern Rosellas mate for life. The female chooses and prepares the nesting site — usually a hollow in a eucalypt tree — but will sometimes use a nest box or other artificial site. Breeding occurs in spring and early summer and up to seven white eggs are laid. The female incubates the eggs while the male regularly feeds her.
There are a range of local native shrubs that can help attract and protect the Eastern Rosella, including the Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon).
Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon). Photo: Sally Stewart
Height: five to 10 metres
Width: four to six metres
Blackwoods are long-lived, stately, dense trees that provide good screening and shade. It will also attract butterflies.
Blackwoods prefer deep moist soil but it is adaptable. This tree tolerates some dryness once established, but not salty winds. It grows in full sun or part shade and has small cream flowers.
There are other local native plants which may help attract insects which are a source of food. Your local nursery will be able to assist you.