Platycercus flaveolus – rozella żółta (ang. Yellow Rosella) Australia, Victoria, 2010-04
This is my bird flight room where most birds live uncaged. These are various species of Australian parakeets including (English) budgies, bourkes, scarlet chested parakeets, mulga parakeets, a cockatiel and also a diamond dove.
My lovely much loved tiels Mulga and Luca – two birds with totally different personalities. Patience is the key to taming a parrot.
What kinds of native plants can you feed your Australian parrots? Mulga and Luca get a wide range of native plants to chew, shred, eat and play with – they are sharing a yellow grevillea flower in this film, but also love banksia, acacia (wattle), eucalyptus, hakea, melaluca, and the occasional bottle brush (callistemon).
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Świergotka wielobarwna – Psephotus varius (ang. Mulga Parrot) Australia, Victoria, 2011-05
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The chicks are incredibly excited, with the hen in the box feeding them. The calling for attention and frenzied activity is coming from every quarter. By contrast the hen is quietly going about her business. Selecting a chick to feed, checking as she is going and then moving on to another chick. In the end about 4-5 chicks were feed in this snap shot.
Nesting box cam has been down for a couple of weeks now. We had seen so by looking in the box itself, but when the NB cam went live, it very quickly became evident that the number of eggs had expanded from 6 to 8. The hen vacated the box to give us a good look at the whole clutch.
The Adelaide Rosella here has been sitting on her eggs for sometime. Either a disturbance or the need to investigate something outside or simple the need for a stretch takes her to the entrance of the box, during which time the eggs are fully exposed. Following which she returns to her eggs and adjusts them, and does some preening, before settling down to incubating again.