Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Eastern Rosella

Scientific name:

 Platycercus eximius



Conservation status:

 Introduced and naturalised

Mainland status:

 Locally common in North Island. Small numbers in South Island

Size:  32cm, 110g






 Invertebrates, larvae, sandhoppers, and also some seeds

This brightly coloured long-tailed parrot was introduced to New Zealand from Australia and is usually seen in pairs or small groups.

The head, upper breast and undertail is scarlet and the cheeks and beak are white; the back and underparts are yellowish green, mottled black on the back; the wings are blue and the tail is dark bluish green edged pale blue. They have a wide range of calls, the most often heard being a high melodic 'ping'. They also chatter when feeding and in flight.

Eastern rosellas eat a wide range of seeds, fruits, flowers, buds and shoots and occasional insects.

Breeding is between October and January. They usually nest in cavities in trees or dead tree fern trunks, laying 4–6 white eggs which the female incubates for 22–24 days. The chicks fledge at around 30 days and remain with their parents for several months.

They are often present in small but fluctuating numbers on Tiritiri Matangi.

Find out more about the eastern rosella at New Zealand Birds Online.

Photography by: Dr Kerry Rodgers ©

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking.