PSITTACIFORMES: Psittacidae

Platycercus elegans  

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
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© Vik Dunis 2009
Tarra-Bulga National Park, VIC (Oct, 2009)

The Crimson Parrot

IN the quiet noonday heat
Creeping high aloft
Nimbly, on prehensile feet,
Calling very soft;
Else, among the seeding grass,
Feeding by a tree
Where the soft cloud shadows pass
Not more silently.

Now, with shrill and sudden din,
Swift, as danger comes,
Flashing like a javelin
Past the sunlit gums;
Rocketing thro' inlaced limbs,
A living, darting flame;
While, above, the brown hawk skims
Avid for his game.

Forest dweller, crimson clad,
Bright bird of the sun;
When the winter days grow sad
And the seeds are done,
Where the lonely farm-house stands
Cautiously come I
And about your harvest lands
Pause a while to spy.

Prove you kindly in the end.
Haply I shall stay;
And you have me for a friend
Thro' the winter day.
Toddling round the garden bed,
Swaggering thro' the grass,
Lifting up a crimson head
To watch you as you pass.

The Crimson Parrot
by C J Dennis (1876-1938)
The Singing Garden (1935) p.125.

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella (nigrescens)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella (flaveolus)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

The "Yellow Rosella" (flaveolus)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Juvenile Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Juvenile Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Eating A Tree

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella (nigrescens)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Juvenile Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Adelaide Rosella (fleurieuensis)

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

The "Yellow Rosella" (flaveolus)