northern rosella


The Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus) is very much a bird of the Australian Deep North ranging from the Kimberleys across to the Queensland border in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Their populations are patchy but on the high West Arnhem Plateau at the indigenous ranger base at Kabulwarnamyo they are a bird seen almost on a daily basis. They eat a variety of grass and other seeds and particularly like the soft pods of the native croton (Croton arnhemicus). Sometimes up to 20 are seen feeding together.