Western Rosella

Habitat: Heathland, Woodland, Forest


Western Rosellas are found in open eucalypt forests and timbered areas, including cultivated land and orchards. The nominate icterotis is found in high rainfall areas and the other subspecies, xanthogenys, in drier woodland, with a heath understorey.

Did you know?

The Western Rosella is the only rosella with yellow cheek patches; others have white or blue patches.


Western Rosellas may damage fruit in orchards and were once killed as vermin. They are now protected from destruction, except with a special license. They are possibly declining in the wheat belt from the loss of woodland.


Western Rosellas mainly eat the seeds of grasses and other plants, as well as fruits, flowers, insects and their larvae. They feed on the ground, in the foliage of trees and shrubs, in open areas of pasture, on roadsides, golf courses, stubble paddocks and on spilt grain


Western Rosellas choose a nest hollow in a limb or tree trunk, one or more metres deep, with wood dust in the bottom. They may even nest in a hollow stump or post. The female incubates the eggs, leaving the nest in the morning and late afternoon to be fed by the male.