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Crimson Scruffy


Crimson Scruffy
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Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 3:11
Viewed: 3775
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crimson Rosella
Scientific name: Platycercus elegans
Family: Psittacidae
Order: Psittaciformes

This bright eyed disheveled specimen was resident in Morwell National Park on an extremely hot evening in January.
There are several colour forms of the Crimson Rosella. The form it is named for has mostly crimson (red) plumage and bright blue cheeks. The feathers of the back and wing coverts are black broadly edged with red. The flight feathers of the wings have broad blue edges and the tail is blue above and pale blue below and on the outer feathers. Birds from northern Queensland are generally smaller and darker than southern birds. The 'Yellow Rosella' has the crimson areas replaced with light yellow and the tail more greenish. The 'Adelaide Rosella' is intermediate in colour, ranging from yellow with a reddish wash to dark orange. Otherwise, all the forms are similar in pattern. Young Crimson Rosellas have the characteristic blue cheeks, but the remainder of the body plumage is green-olive to yellowish olive (occasionally red in some areas). The young bird gradually attains the adult plumage over a period of 15 months.

ref Birds in Backyards


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