Animal Diaries Archive
30 June 2006
Rufus, our Crimson Rosella, has recently been retired from breeding and is now living the relaxing life in the Rainforest Aviary. Rufus was previously housed with his partner Rosette in the off-display breeding section of the Zoo.
Crimson Rosellas get their name from their beautiful crimson and blue colour. They are quite common and are found in the heavy, humid forests of the eastern coast and ranges of Australia. Rufus has taken to life in the Rainforest Aviary very well and has quickly acquainted himself with Edward and Elizabeth the King Parrots, whom he follows around all day. His stunning colors look great amongst the trees and he is quickly becoming a commonly photographed member of the aviary. Rufus has settled in so well that he can be seen up close each morning at the 9:30am feed-out with all the other parrots, finches, pigeons and other members of the Rainforest Aviary.
Our Amazing Crimson Rosellas
This is a highly variable species particularly as far as colour is concerned. For many years it was regarded as three separate species. These were the Crimson R ...more