Australia is the land of the parrots with over 50 species, members of the Psittaciformes. Australia has two familys from this order, the Psittacidae or true parrots and the Cacatuidae or cockatoo family. The parrots are large colourful birds with powerful bills for cracking seeds and nuts and also feed on fruit, nectar and sometimes insects. Many depend on hollows in mature trees to nest. The recently re-discovered Night Parrot is a true parrot.
Photo: The Crimson Rosella (37cm) is one of six Rosella sub-species, and inhabits woodlands and forests in eastern Australia. Rosellas are among the 40 true parrots in Australia.They feed on eucalypt and grass seeds as well as insects. Crimson Rosellas vary widely in colour from region to region.