Platycercus

The Platycercus genus includes several species native to Australia and nearby islands.

Platycercus parakeets are medium sized parrots (26-37 cm) with a long tail, a distinctive cheek patch and a scalloping pattern on their back.

Most species are common in aviculture and as pets due to their beautiful colours and being relatively easy to breed. They can however be aggressive towards other birds when kept in captivity so it is recommended to use either a large aviary with plenty of branches for resting or keep them in separate cages/aviaries.

 

Platycercus adscitus
Pale-headed Rosella

 

Platycercus caledonicus
Green Rosella

Platycercus elegans
Crimson Rosella

Platycercus eximius
Eastern Rosella

Platycercus icterotis
Western Rosella

Platycercus venustus
Northern Rosella

Species & Subspecies

  • Platycercus adscitus (Latham, 1790) - Pale-headed Rosella
    • Platycercus adscitus adscitus (Latham, 1790)
    • Platycercus adscitus palliceps (Lear, 1832)
  • Platycercus caledonicus (Gmelin, JF, 1788) - Green Rosella
    • Platycercus caledonicus caledonicus (Gmelin, JF, 1788)
    • Platycercus caledonicus brownii (Kuhl, 1820)
  • Platycercus elegans (Gmelin, JF, 1788) - Crimson Rosella
    • Platycercus elegans elegans (Gmelin, JF, 1788)
    • Platycercus elegans filewoodi (McAllan & Bruce, 1989)
    • Platycercus elegans fleurieuensis (Ashby, 1917)
    • Platycercus elegans flaveolus (Gould, 1837)
    • Platycercus elegans melanopterus (North, 1906)
    • Platycercus elegans nigrescens (Ramsay, EP, 1888)
    • Platycercus elegans subadelaidae (Mathews, 1912)
  • Platycercus eximius (Shaw, 1792) - Eastern Rosella
    • Platycercus eximius eximius (Shaw, 1792)
    • Platycercus eximius diemenensis (North, 1911)
    • Platycercus eximius elecica (Schodde & Short, 1989)
  • Platycercus icterotis (Temminck & Kuhl, 1820) - Western Rosella
    • Platycercus icterotis icterotis (Temminck & Kuhl, 1820)
    • Platycercus icterotis xanthogenys (Salvadori, 1891)
  • Platycercus venustus (Kuhl, 1820) - Northern Rosella
    • Platycercus venustus venustus (Kuhl, 1820)
    • Platycercus venustus hilli (Mathews, 1910)