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Observations of the eastern rosella ( Platycercus eximius ) in the Wellington region

TitleObservations of the eastern rosella ( Platycercus eximius ) in the Wellington region
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWoon, JA, Powlesland, RG, Edkins, C
JournalNotornis
Volume49
Issue2
Pagination91-94
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsdiet, distribution, flock size, Platycercinae, Platycercus eximius, Wellington region
Abstract

Observations of eastern rosellas (Platycercus eximius) in the Wellington region were recorded during February 1994 to January 1997 by members of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand. Sixty-one percent of the 1227 sightings were made in 3 localities, Paraparaumu-Waikanae, Upper Hutt, and central Wellington. Most rosella sightings were in pastoral farmland (47%) and urban habitats, including parks, and golf courses (41%). Of the 400 sightings for which flock size was given, the mean was 3.6 rosellas, and flock size did not change significantly with season. Rosellas were seen feeding (n = 54) on buds and shoots (19%), flowers (5%), fruit (15%), and seeds (61%), with feeding on introduced plants making up 80% of the feeding observations.

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