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Northern Rosella

(Platycercus venustus)
Alternate name(s): "Smutty Parrot", "Brown's Parrot", "Brown's Parakeet"
Size: 28-30 cm
Weight: 85-100 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Northern Rosella at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "venustus"



Lateral view of a male Northern Rosella; note the jet-black cap (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Northern Rosella (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Pair of Northern Rosellas (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin River Dam, NT, August 2012]

Dorsal view of a male Northern Rosella (photo courtesy of C. Nugent)


Frontal view of a female(?) Northern Rosella (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, July 2018]

Lateral view of a female Northern Rosella (photo courtesy of C. Nugent)


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

nortros_20140818.m4a venustus
(Top End, NT)
Warning/departure © MD

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