Animal Stories - Eastern Rosella

Animal-World Information about: Eastern Rosella

   The Eastern Rosella is one of the most popular and most beautiful parakeets in aviculture. Being so very brightly colored, they are very attractive birds!
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Marisa Fourie - 2013-10-14
I had a pair of Mealy Rosellas and a pair of Golden Mantle Rosellas. One of the Mealies suddenly died and one of the Golden Mantles flew away. We thought to keep them in separate cages was a waste and decided to put them together. At this stage we thought that both were males. Then suddenly we didn't see the mealy anymore and looked inside the nest box, only to find that the 'he' is a 'she' and she had 4 eggs! Now we have two beautiful babies. Both look like the father, the Golden Mantle. A friend of ours told my husband that the babies are mules. Can anybody please tell me if this is the truth?

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  • imran - 2013-11-04
    Hi! myself i have been looking for answer of same question. i have been surfing on internet cant get any link. if any one knows plzzz tell us.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    When two distinct species coming from the same genus are cross-bred, the offspring are called interspecific hybrids. In this case it is the Mealy Rosella 0r Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) being crossed with the Golden-mantled Rosella (Platycercus eximius elecica). Unfortunately it is true that the offspring of an interspecific cross is very often sterile.
kevin - 2013-06-15
I got a pair of rubino rosella last year. The hen want down but the cock bird has been beating her up big times and not the first time.If anyone can help, thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-15
    Normally a male will attempt to feed the female prior to brooding, and if the female is receptive then mating will follow. Of course that assumes that they have a proper breeding environment and nest box, and it is the right time of year. These are seasonally breeding birds, about August to March.

    It sounds like they may not be compatible, the female is possibly receptive but the male is not. You may want to have the both birds sexed (DNA sexing works well) to make sure you have a proven male/female pair. In the meantime you're best bet may be to separate them to keep the one from being hurt by the other.
  • Anonymous - 2013-09-12
    I had the same problem with my Rubino. I found out the female is still immature, I separated them (but close to each other)for several months. When I put them back together the male is not much of a problem anymore. They produced babies later.
Edward Canny - 2013-06-20

I'm looking for a female Golden Mantled Rosella in or close to Texas. I live just north of Houston. My male lost his mate!



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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    I'm so sorry to hear about your lost female! Good luck Edward... there have GOT to be good mate selections out there for you!
  • Kitty Stone - 2013-08-21
    Edward, Have you located a female? I have one that I may be willing to offer. Kitty
Crystal M - 2009-10-22
I've read so many 'fact's about rosellas, only a few of which I've found to be true with mine.
I bought an unhandled, 7 year old male who had only been used as a breeder. He's a stunning Opaline (or Firery) Eastern Rosella. In the span of 7 weeks he's gone from wild and unhandled, to happily stepping up on a stick, learning to step up on my hand, and even tolerates touching of his back and wings. He lives in a very large cage with my 4 cockatiels and single budgie. He's not the slighest bit aggressive, and gets along WONDERFULLY with them. When let out of their cages, he gets along just fine with my lovebird as well. He's been a joy to have around, a quick learner and a great addition to my flock.
Perhaps he's just an exception to the 'rules' of Rosellas, or perhaps people don't give them enough credit. Seems to me they make wonderful pets (and he is definitely a male).

Reply - 2013-05-11
I have for sale, due to ill health, my george and mildred, they are a breeding pair, and are ready to mate. Comes with a large cage, I am very reluctant to sell please email for details and pictures and I will get back to you as soon as possible thanks for viewing this comment.

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  • gordon - 2013-05-14
    I am very sorry to hear you are ill. I would like to hear the details, pictures and costs. Please send when you are able. thanks and I will remember you tonight at bedtime. Keep an upper chin...Gordon clapp
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-14
    For those of you interested in helping to find a good home for this bird, the email for more information about this bird is From: ''
Subhra - 2013-01-16
My eastern rosella pair laid two eggs day before yesterday but the female is not incubating the egg at night? Is it okay? Is she going to incubate all the day after laying all her eggs?

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  • Sylvia - 2013-04-28
    interesting..mine does the same thing..all day she in the nest but at nights she is purched out in the cage next to the male!!
Sylvia - 2013-04-28
Hi..I need help. my Female Rosella has laid 2 eggs, but when she comes out..she is panting! as if someone has been chasing her!? the male is okay ..he feeds her...sometimes I see her getting away from him. I have a cage with rollers and take them out during the day..and bring them in at nights! since we have raccoons in our back yard at nights all my pets come inside! is this stressing her?! need help..thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-29
    Nice that she has eggs, but it does sound like something is stressing her out. It could be from being moved around, or maybe there's compatibilty issues with the male (though that's less likely in my opinion), or maybe its too warm. Keeping the breeding cage in a permenant place that's a safe environment may help calm her down.
mary - 2013-02-27
up to what age do the rubino and lutino rosella breed, i have a pair ring nr is 2004?? is that too old, and when is their breeding season, I SEE THEY EAT VERY LITTLE SEEDS, is that normal ? also dont eat much of the fresh green, only nibble on apple ?

azhar - 2013-01-07
My golden mantle rosella won't incubate the eggs. She laid five eggs, the last egg was laid three days ago please help me.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-08
    What type of environment is your Rosella kept in? Does she have a nest and did she lay the eggs laid in a nest? It sounds like she may be stressed. Some suggestions would be to ry moving her cage to an area with less noise if she's in a noisy area. Also make sure there are no drafts and that her cage is left somewhere with a comfortable temperature. Make sure she has plenty of clean food an water. Read more about Parakeet Breeding here:
anom - 2012-12-10
hi im new me and my husband as recently rescued what we think is an eastern rosella, the head is all red so not sure off its age, but the claws or feet are curling around the perch as its been in a house on its own since august, the people who owned it as been goin in to feed it but thats all they have done how can we wash him to make him feel fresh, we have put him in a new cage with fresh water and parrot food and a slice of apple