We are blessed here at Gouldiae country with ample numbers of the beautiful Eastern Rosella. Probably because they are so common, I tend to neglect them at times. When I catch a small group quietly feeding on the fairways, or splashing about under a sprinkler - something they seem to more readily enjoy than Crimsons, Galahs or Lorikeets - I'm reminded that to neglect them is my loss.
Platycercus (= broad or flat tailed), eximius (= outstanding, extroadinary or special), is not too bad a description. The English botanist, George Shaw, named the bird in 1792. 'Rosella' apparently, was derived from the name, Rosehill Parakeet, given by the early settlers when the birds were seen in good number in that area.
They are almost exclusively ground feeders and can be shy at times. They are a popular aviary species and can live to a good age of around 20 years.
Eastern Rosellas like to nest in old tree hollows, and I've found they will readily occupy a nest box. Platycercus eximius is a bit of a favourite around here. I must pay more attention. And, I must try harder to get some photos that do this beautiful bird justice.