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Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:50 pm
by Finn Davey
I'm just curious as to where I might be able to find a Crimson Rosella.
I live in Wellington and the hand guide book I have says they can be found in "Parks in gardens, mainly in central Wellington".
How true is this statement? Because I've only ever seen Eastern Rosellas.

Thanks

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:39 pm
by SomesBirder
They no longer exist in the wild anywhere in New Zealand. One book that I have says that the last time any wild crimson rosellas were seen in Wellington was in 1995.

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:50 pm
by Finn Davey
Interesting. It does seem that way.

However there is this observation from 2017 of one.
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/8484033

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:59 pm
by SomesBirder
Crimson rosellas are still common in captivity, so it is inevitable that the odd one will escape and subsequently be seen in the wild. The MPI and DOC take reports of non-native non-established parrot species very seriously, so it is unlikely that a new population of feral crimson rosellas will form in the future.

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:49 pm
by Finn Davey
They were never a good population to start out with anyway, so no surprises I guess.

Thanks for the info though

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:16 pm
by SomesBirder
You're welcome. It just goes to show you that even comprehensive-looking books can get it wrong.
Even in the 2015 edition of the Robertson & Heather bird guide, only the handbook section says that the Wellington crimson rosella population no longer exists (the ID section still labels the species as being 'very rare').

Re: Where would I find Crimson Rosellas?

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:13 pm
by Finn Davey
I'm using the 2017 version of Robertson & Heather bird guide. Very confusing.