Northern Rosellas are medium-sized parrots. Except for white
cheeks, Northern Rosellas have all-black heads. There is a
blue band under the cheeks, leading to a yellow front with
light grey scalloping (chest, belly). The vent is red. The
back, from the nape of the neck to the rump, including the
upperwing coverts, is black-and-yellow scalloped. The flight
feathers are deep-blue. The uppertail is turquoise-green,
with blue outer wing feathers.
The only visible difference between the sexes is that
have a jet-black cap, while that of
is the colour of charcoal.
The irises of both sexes are dark, the bill
is light-grey, while the legs and feet are grey.
The overall distribution of this species can be assessed based
on sighting reports submitted by birdwatchers to
The global distribution of the Northern Rosella is available
There are two races of Northern Rosellas, both of which are endemic
to the tropical North of Australia. Together, they populate an area
from about Derby, WA, through the Kimberley, WA, the Top End of the NT,
and a narrow strip along the South coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria,
to about the longitude of Mt. Isa, QLD.
Eastward of the Victoria River in the NT nominate race "venustus" is found, farther
West race "hilli".
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