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Rosella (Crimson) Platycercus elegans

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Platycercus
Species: P. elegans
Binomial name: Platycercus elegans
Common name: Crimson rosella, Red parrot, Crimson parrot, Red lowry, Mountain lowry

Platycercus elegansis a parrot native to eastern and southeastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand. In the past, there have been wild populations around Dunedin and the Wellington area but it is likely that this species is now extinct in the wild.
It is a brightly-coloured medium-sized parrot at 36 cm long, much of which is tail. There is very little sexual dimorphism in crimson rosellas. The most noticeable difference between genders is that males are up to 15% larger and have a relatively larger and wider beak.



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