Crimson Rosellas. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Ralph de Zilva

Cedar Creek, Australia

Artist's Description

Made A Sale To An Unknown Buyer on 04.10.2014
Sold A Greeting Card on 19.10.2012
Sold A Print in 2011

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens
@ 400mm

5702 views, 176 comments, favourited by 32 & 16 features as at 10.03.2015

2nd in the Cover Shots groups " Birds Of A Feather" challenge on 30.05.2013
Top Ten in the Closeups In Nature groups “Birds Eating” challenge on 29.10.2013
Top Ten in Featured For A Challenge on 27.09.2011
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Featured in Explore on 02.03.2011

The Crimson Rosella is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens. The species as it now stands has subsumed two former separate species, the Yellow Rosella and the Adelaide Rosella. Molecular studies show one of the three red-coloured races, var. nigrescens is genetically more distinct.

Though described by Johann Friedrich Gmelin in Systema Naturae as Psittacus elegans in 1788, the Crimson Rosella had been described and named by John Latham in 1781 as the Beautiful Lory, and then Pennantian Parrot. However he didn’t give it a Latin name until 1790, when he named it Psittacus pennanti. In 1854, it was placed in the genus Platycercus by Martin Lichtenstein in his Nomenclator Avium Musei Zoologici Berolinensis.

Today, the red-coloured races are generally known as the Crimson Rosella, with the alternate names Red Lowry, Pennant’s Parakeet, Campbell Parakeet, (Blue) Mountain Parrot, (Blue) Mountain Lowry or just plain Lowry occasionally heard. Cayley reported that the first two alternate names were most common in the early part of the twentieth century. On Norfolk Island it is called simply Red Parrot.

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