Pale headed Rosella
PO  Box 126 Mitcham Vic 3132 ( Victoria, Australia )

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  • An Australian Parrot                                     (Click on photo to enlarge)
  • Scientific Name: Platycercus adscitus palliceps
  • Sub Species: Pale headed Rosella is a sub-species of the Blue cheeked Rosella Platycercus adscitus adscitus
  • Origin / Distribution: North-eastern New South Wales and most of Queensland up to about Cooktown.
  • Habitat In Wild: Occupy a diverse range of habitats from arid scrublands to Savannah woodlands and grasslands.
  • Status In Wild: Secure, subject to preservation of its preferred habitat.
  • Status In (Australian) Captivity: Secure
  • Age To Sexual Maturity: Ideally, Pale headed Rosella hens should be 18 months of age or older before attempting breeding.  May take up to 2 - 3 years to reach full sexual maturity.
  • Lifespan (estimate): approx 15 or more years
  • Sexing: Monomorphic / Dimorphic
  • Mutations: Yes
  • Availability: Bird dealers
  • Temperament:  ?
  • Cost (Victoria) Per Pair: - Normal colour (Approx.) $100
  • Description Of Adults:
  1. Length: Approx. 300 mm (or approx. 12 inches)
  2. Colour ( "normal" colour ): Refer photos above - top right of page. (Click on photo to enlarge).
  3. Weight: Approx. 110 gms (or approx.  4.5 ozs)

Aviary Notes:

Read notes on "Rosellas" web page and use in conjunction with details outlined on this page.

Level Of Knowledge Required: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced / Specialist Breeders Only.

Government Regulations & By-Laws: Refer to " Government Laws " web page.

Housing Requirements: Refer to " Rosellas " and " Housing Birds " web pages for general details on the housing of Australian Rosellas or read on for specific details for this parrot.

As per " Rosellas " web page.

Diet / Feeding: Refer to " Rosellas " and " Feeding Birds " web pages for general details on the feeding of Australian Rosellas or read on for specific details for this parrot.

As per " Rosellas " web page.

Nesting: A basic overview only. Dimensions are typical / average and can vary widely, influenced by the owner's preferences and the birds preferences.  Parent bird's preferences can also be influenced by the size and type of nest-box / log in which the bird was hatched and reared.  If space allows, offering a choice of sizes and types of logs or nest-boxes, and placed in various locations within the aviary, can allow the parent birds to make their own choice.  Once a pair has chosen a specific nest-box/log and been successful in it, offer that one to them each breeding season.  Try and keep that one for their exclusive use.  Once a pair has chosen its log or nest-box, the other ones can generally be removed.  If the "spare" boxes are to be removed and moved to another flight, ensure the log / nest box is cleaned to ensure the receptacle has the minimal contamination of mites, parasites and pathogens.

All Australian parrots will breed in hollow logs.

  • Nesting months: August to November
  • Log / Nest-box:
    • Length / depth  400 - 600 mm (or approx 16 - 24 inches)
    • Log internal diameter approx. 175 - 250 mm (or approx. 7 - 10 inches)
    • Nest-box internal dimensions approx. 175 - 225 mm square (or approx. 7 - 9 inches square)
    • Diameter of entrance hole approx. 65 - 75 mm (or approx 2.5 - 3 inches)
    • Inspection hole (square or round) 100 mm (or approx 4 inches)
    • A removable top / lid can be a useful access point for inspections and for cleaning.
    • Location and height of log / nest-box = high in the covered part of the aviary but not too close to the roof to be affected by heat from the roof in the summer months.
    • Angle of log or nest box =  45 degrees through to vertical.
  • Nesting log / nest-box material: Decomposed non-toxic saw dust, wood shavings or other suitable material/s.
  • Who incubates the egg/s: Hen / cock / both share.

Timber nest-boxes generally require a climbing structure attached inside the box below the entrance hole. Both logs and nests need an entrance hole/opening of about 65 - 75 mm diameter and about 100 mm (about 4 inches) from the top. Many species of parrots like the entrance hole to be just big enough to squeeze through.

More details on parrot nestboxes/logs and a selection of parrot nestbox/log photos can be found on the "nests", "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" web pages.  Click on "Up" then "Nests" then "parrot nests" and "parrot nestbox photos" in the navigation bars.

Breeding: Egg Colour White.  Clutch/s per year 1, sometimes 2.  Eggs per nest  4 - 7.  Incubation approx. 20 days.  Fledge approx. 5 weeks.  Independent approx. another  2 - 4 weeks.

Pale headed Rosella will usually raise one clutch per year.

Artificial incubation and hand rearing or fostering will not be covered on this web site.  It is too complex and diverse in nature to be attempted here.

Health Issues: Refer to "Avian Health Issues" web page for information and references.

  • Worming and parasite control and Quarantine requirements of new bird/s or sick bird/s are considered to require veterinary advice and therefore not covered on this web site. Refer "Avian Health Issues" web page option.
  • Avian medicine is advancing at a rapid pace. Keep updating your knowledge and skills.

General References:  Refer to references listed on "Book References" web page.

Specific References:

  • Australian Aviculture
  • A/A Vol 49 No. 3 Mar 1995 Page 49-51 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 34 No. 11 Nov 1980 Page 212-214 (Inc photo)
  • A/A Vol 32 No. 5 May 1978 Page 74-79
  • A/A Vol 25 No. 8 Aug 1971 Page 120-121.
  • A/A Vol 23 No 7 Jul 1969 Page 108-109.
  • A/A Vol 14 No 3 Mar 1960 Page 52.
  • Australian Birdkeeper
  • ABK Vol 2 Issue 11. Oct-Nov 1989 Page 416-419

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