Observations of the eastern rosella ( Platycercus eximius ) in the Wellington region
|Title||Observations of the eastern rosella ( Platycercus eximius ) in the Wellington region|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Authors||Woon, JA, Powlesland, RG, Edkins, C|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||diet, distribution, flock size, Platycercinae, Platycercus eximius, Wellington region|
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.