Animal Stories - Eastern Rosella


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   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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eve - 2011-08-14
Hi I have recently got two golden rosella's, I believe they are male and female, they seem to be feeding each other, he is chasing her, and has been for a while now, I am not sure of their ages, could anyone tell me when they're ready to mate? We have put in a breeding box, she looks but has not gone in yet, they are in a very large cage, he seems to be bobbing his head and chasing her but she does not seem to want to know, I would appreciate some advice, as here in England there seems to be no answers to my questions, thank for reading my question. Love them they're so funny to watch, they love water crest as well as fresh fruit, happy happy happy.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-08-14
    Their breeding season is usually from August to January. The male feeding the female is a good sign that they are in the breeding mood. Watch them to see what behaviors they display - if they have a lot of chattering while shaking their tails and dropping their wings - that is a good sign that they are in the breeding ritual. Depending on how old they are, they will produce more or less eggs. They are not as fertile in their first year, but generally by the end of their second year they will be fully fertile and can lay up to 5 eggs. It takes about 3 weeks for the eggs to hatch once they are laid.
  • eve - 2011-08-15
    Thank you very much jasmine, I will keep you posted. Kind regards Eve.
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Catherine - 2011-03-24
I have a pair of Eastern Rosellas, the male is older 10 yrs+ and the female is 2 yrs. Both have had other mates and bred before, however these two are now together and she is trying to kill him. We put a nesting box in the aviary, and she goes into it, however she is still trying to kill him. Anybody know why this could be? Is he too old to breed her? Does she just hate him?
Help!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    I haven't had Rosellas but I have had many other birds. From what I have seen, in the name of love, gals call the shots. Untill she is ready, she will fight off the male. It frequently looks like she isgoing to kill but unless there is a severe attack and she is drawing blood, it is just the gal rules. In this case you have a young female (just two) with an older experienced male. He is not too old to breed, however, she is a little young. Next year, I would be more hopeful. Maybe he will go back and court a little. She probably doesn't hatehim - she is probably just not ready. Let us know what happens and I will keep my fingers crossed for next year. It is breeding season for them right now so he is very optomistic.
  • bernie - 2011-03-31
    Normally most of the larger parrot family are monogamous, once they have paired they will pair for life and to try and re-pair them could be very difficult , if not impossible,The only ones of the parrot family I have known to re-pair are Lovebirds.
  • Nick Karberis - 2011-05-20
    My experience with introducing single birds is to put them into a neutral cage usually a lot smaller than an aviary. A bird that has had the aviary to themselves for a while will become territorial. Was the hen in the aviary before the cock? I would keep the birds in a smaller cage for at least a week and monitor their behaviour towards each other.
    I would also remove the nest box and reintroduce it after a couple of weeks after you have reintroduced the pair into the larger flight. You should find a complete change in behaviour of your hen towards the male. This has worked for me 100% of the time without any blood shed with most lorikeet and parrot species.
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Colleen Basson - 2011-03-31
I have 7 ringneck parakeets in a large aviary, parents and 5 young ones. I would like to add some more birds but have been warned the ringnecks might kill other birds. If anyone could suggest what birds would be a good choice. Novice bird owner

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-31
    I have a question. Why not do additioanl Ringnecks? There is such an amazing variety in color and permutations it would be a beautiful aviary. Ringnecks are more often seen as Aviary birds. They can make nice pets but they do not attach to us humans as willingly as other parrot species. They do not normally show a great deal of pair affection or bonding, such as mutual preening. They do require a large aviary and if you have multiple ringnecks they would require mutiple nesting boxes. There is such a variety of color in Ringnecks and genetic permutations, why not just add other Ringnecks?
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frankie - 2009-06-06
I have two Rosella's and they are gorgeous! I have had one for over 3 months and the other just over a month. I've gotten into the habit of cutting up some fresh fruit to feed them, I heard it's good for them. I was wondering if there is any way to find out if they're male or female without pulling feathers out or getting the surgically tested, as I'm sure it hurts, and I want them to trust me, and not think I'm horrible.
I've heard that the female's have white stripes under the wing. I think I've seem some, but she's 19 months old, and I was wondering if maybe she should've layed eggs by now.
Any information is helpful to solving my problem.
Thanks,
Frankie.

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  • Yolanda - 2010-04-07
    I have a female golden mantel and I have noticed that a female`s head and breast is lighter red than a male bird and the male bird has a half~half light blackish colour around his neck and its body is darker than the female
  • Sonja - 2010-05-18
    Young ones have green feathers on their backs. Females are something of a smaller size and have lighter colors.
    I am doing a report on Crimson Rosellas so I was researching and I already had some research done.
    I am an expert on Rosella.
  • mary - 2010-10-23
    I have 2 golden mantle rosellas (male and female) but the female is constantly picking on the male. She plucked the feathers off his left jaw until it was left completely bald! The male then started to get weaker and very sick. I tried separating them until the male picked up, when he did I put them back together. But now a large lump has appeared on the males head. It is just above his eye and is round and red. I don't know what to do, can any one help me? .... Mary
  • Ron - 2010-11-15
    This wikipedia article has very good side-by-side pics that show the difference in appearance between male and female.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Rosella
  • FRANK . A. - 2011-01-16
    That's not really accurate, Mainly it's in pale headed rosellas' usually you can sex young eastern rosellas very easy all you need a bit of time? Cocks usually
    whistle bob their wings in front of hens and fan their tails/ and hens only wag them? I've been breeding easterns for 25 yrs and also many mutations and mutation are more easy to sex. Good luck.
  • bernie - 2011-01-20
    I went to a pet shop just last week, after a female Lovebird actually, but apparently the method is the same, You get a hold of the bird (good luck ) and right at the base of the tail feel the abdominal cavity, the male bird is smaller than the female, but it is only a rough guide as it can change as the bird gets older, but 3 months should be fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-03-06
    The Hen is slightly smaller than the male.
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Jackie - 2010-08-19
I have a male Golden Mantle Rosella abourt seven years old. I would like to find a female for him. I live in Washington State. Does anyone know where I could get a female?

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bernie - 2011-01-10
I have, as you may see from a previous post, 3 Rosellas, a mealy , a golden mantle and a rubino, The golden mantle and the rubino have decided to get together as a pair, hopefully soon to breed.
What I am on here now for is to know where is the best place to guarantee getting a female bird, preferably a mealy?
Or if anyone reading this has one for sale.
If any reply please submit so as I can contact.

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  • Brawn Sandra - 2011-01-13
    Hello,
    I saw you needed a rosella. I have two for sale provided you promise to provide a good home. Contact me vial brawn.sandra@yahoo.com
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selvakumar - 2010-04-06
I am selvakumar from india, I want to buy eastern rosella parrot for my hobby. Please anybody can recommend how to buy where it is available, and whether is it possible to bring from other countries to india. I have seen that in chennai zoo ( Biggest zoo in asia). My mail nselvak83@yahoo.com

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  • Anonymous - 2010-08-11
    You could research for breeders that ship internationally, the Rosella is popular I know in the US. But it would no doubt be more costly to transfer the bird. (By the way, the biggest zoo in Asia is the Taipei Zoo in China.)
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bernie - 2010-04-08
I have 3 rosellas, all apparently male. Now after about 8/9 months, they are feeding each other. One is a Golden Mantle, one a Rubino and the other is a Mealy. The Mealy will feed the Golden Mantle which in turn will the feed the Rubino. Is this natural behaviour, or is one of them a different sex.

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Gabriel S. - 2010-02-09
I've had my eastern Rosella for three days and she is starting to calm down a bit. The first day she arrived I was shocked by just how jumpy and anxious she was. I've been spending lots of time sitting by her cage talking, reading, singing, eating, etc... And, although she is still very fearful, I think she will come around. The family I adopted her from kept her in a tiny cage with very few toys. She doesn't fully understand playing yet, but I see her figuring it out.
I'm bringing a male Rosella into my home in a few days and wonder if they will be compatible. He had a partner for a few months and she died. I would love to have them mate, is there anything I should do to encourage their union? Thanks!

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  • Luanne - 2010-04-11
    Hello. I had my little Eastern Rosella for 21 wonderful years and she just recently went to the birdie rainbow bridge. Funny how a little 2 oz puff of feathers makes you fall in love with them. I am looking for a breeder to purchase a baby/very young Rosella. I am open to a bit older bird as long as s/he can be handled (hand raised) I had a female but I think this time I would want a male so as to make him different than my little "Rosie" angel bird. If anyone can suggest anything please let me know.
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Bernie Winn - 2009-12-21
I have recently gotten 3 Rosellas, a Golden Mantle, a Mealy and a Rubino, all 3 live together in a large cage and generally get on very well together. Occasionally they have a shouting session, but overall they live perfectly well together.
Reading one of your letters where Emma had just got her first bird and was worried that it was not friendly and biting, to get it to go on your finger takes a lot of patience. I`ve had mine 4 months now and only one is coming onto my fingers, the other 2 are close but need more time. All I can say is be patient and gentle in your approach and in time they will get on your finger. I have trained mine to a stick first and then to the finger

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