Eastern rosella Platycercus eximius, photographed by Margaret Leggoe.

Belongs within: Platycercini.

Platycercus includes the rosellas, medium-sized long-tailed parrots native to Australia. Members of the genus have mottled backs, with lighter edges around the dark feathers, and contrasting blue, yellow or white cheek patches.

<==Platycercus Vigors 1825 B94
    |  i. s.: P. auriceps T27
    |         P. flaviventris S13
    |         P. novaezealandiae T27
    |         P. splendens [=Pyrrhulopsis splendens] S66
    |         P. spurius SJ85
    |         P. varius SJ85
    |         P. zonarius SJ85
    |           |--P. z. zonarius SJ85
    |           `--P. z. semitorquatus SJ85
    |--P. icterotis (Kuhl 1820) OMC87, WS48 [=Psittacus icterotis WS48]
    |    |--P. i. icterotis [incl. P. stanleyii Vigors 1830, P. icterotis salvadori Mathews 1912] WS48
    |    `--P. i. xanthogenys Salvadori 1891 [incl. P. icterotis whitlocki Mathews 1912] WS48
    `--+--+--P. caledonicus OMC87 [incl. P. c. brownii M03]
       |  `--P. elegans (Gmelin 1788) OMC87, R85
       |       |--P. e. elegans OMC87
       |       |--P. e. adelaidae OMC87 [incl. P. fleurieuensis M03, P. subadelaidae M03]
       |       |--P. e. flaveolus OMC87
       |       |--P. e. melanoptera OMC87
       |       `--P. e. nigrescens OMC87
       `--+--P. venustus (Kihl 1820) OMC87, WS48 (see below for synonymy)
          `--+--P. adscitus (Latham 1790) OMC87, WS48 [=Psittacus adscitus WS48]
             |    |--P. a. adscitus OMC87
             |    |--P. a. amathusiae OMC87
             |    |--P. a. mackaiensis OMC87
             |    `--P. a. palliceps OMC87
             `--P. eximius (Shaw 1792) OMC87, R85
                  |--P. e. eximius OMC87
                  |--P. e. cecilae [incl. P. eximius splendidus] RN72
                  |--P. e. diemenensis OMC87
                  `--P. e. elecica M03

Platycercus venustus (Kihl 1820) OMC87, WS48 [=Psittacus venustus WS48, Pl. adscitus venustus WS48; incl. Pl. venustus hillia Mathews 1910 WS48]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[OMC87] Ovenden, J. R., A. G. Mackinlay & R. H. Crozier. 1987. Systematics and mitochondrial genome evolution of Australian rosellas (Aves: Platycercidae). Molecular Biology and Evolution 4 (5): 526-543.

[R85] Robertson, C. J. R. (ed.) 1985. Reader’s Digest Complete Book of New Zealand Birds. Reader’s Digest: Sydney.

[RN72] Rutgers, A., & K. A. Norris (eds.) 1972. Encyclopaedia of Aviculture vol. 2. Blandford Press: London.

[S13] Sarasin, F. 1913. Die Vögel Neu-Caledoniens und der Loyalty-Inseln. In Nova Caledonia: Forschungen in Neu-Caledonian und auf den Loyalty-Inseln. A. Zoologie vol. 1, Heft I (F. Sarasin & J. Roux, eds) pp. 1-78, pl. 1-3. C. W. Kreidels Verlag: Wiesbaden.

[S66] Sclater, P. L. 1866. Remarks on recent additions to the Society's menagerie. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 203.

[SJ85] Storr, G. M., & R. E. Johnstone. 1985. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia 2nd ed. Western Australian Museum: Perth (Australia).

[T27] Thomson, G. M. 1927. The pollination of New Zealand flowers by birds and insects. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 57: 106-125.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M. & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1-126.

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