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I've recently become fascinated with Rosellas... specifically the Crimson Rosella! They are so beautiful, and a larger bird than I expected! Does anyone own one or has anyone worked with one? I'm curious as to how loud they are and if they make quality pets or are better as an aviary bird. They're not too readily available here in the states, but when I looked for breeders, they aren't overly expensive and can be shipped, so it's something I'm looking into getting in the next few years :lovehearts: I've found decent information on their habits on the wild, but not much on how they behave in captivity. These videos have me hooked!

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUnmimbP_lE"]YouTube- Crimson rosella chirping[/ame]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTCaHCL8E3Y"]YouTube- Crimson Rosella (Kennett River near Lorne, Victoria)[/ame]
 

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Oh my! That is one very pretty bird!!!:lovehearts:
 
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Of all the Rosellas the Crimson is probably the only one I think will make a pet. I have hand raised a few of them and know people who have them as a pet and they are quite sweet. They can also learn to talk. Like most Rosellas they are not particularly loud or noisy. It has been a while since I did any work with them so my memory is a bit hazy.
 

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They are beautiful. I have never seen one in person. I did happen to read once that hand-fed rosellas can be vicious biters. Does anyone know if this only applies to hand-fed rosellas that later become breeders, or does it apply to pets? Perhaps it is a misconception on my part.
 
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Hmm... that's something to think about. It wouldn't happen for quite a while but both my boyfriend and I are absolutely smitten with the Crimson Rosella, I adore their little noises and he loves their colors (red and black are his favorite :giggle:) I'll have to look into the biting issue, I hope that's not the case. Thanks for the info, guys!
 

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Jenny,
Like you I think they are striking birds, a very nice size, and I have heard that their vocalizations are pleasant. I would be happy to learn if this is a misconception on my part.
 
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I have eastern rosellas flying around my garden, and I know of a flock of crimsons that live near me.

They are beautiful birds, but I would like to say they can be quite loud.
Although, it's not a sqwawk, but more of a melodious chirp!

They are a great size and a know that a handraised one could become a lovely pet!

Good luck, I hope you get one!
 

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Jenny,
I have been viewing the videos you posted, and there were others connected to them of wild rosellas in Australia eating out of people's hands. I got to wondering if perhaps rosellas are animals that do better throughout life if they are parent raised in stead of hand-raised. I know that may sound odd, but there are species of animals that should not be raised apart from their parents because they will then have no fear of humans and will start to treat humans as their equals. Llamas are one such species. If they are bottle-fed, they run the risk of developing berserk syndrome, in which they don't seem to know the difference between a person and a llama and will treat people like they treat llamas. This can lead to tragedy, because male llamas fight aggressively with one another over females, so if a llama has no fear of people and sees a person as a rival, they can easily kill a person.

All the warnings I have read about rosellas becoming aggressive biters have been about hand-fed rosellas who later become parents. If rosellas are naturally very aggressive toward one another when they have babies in the nest, this could explain how hand-fed birds with babies in the nest would become so aggressive toward people.

I have read that even wild rosellas can become quite friendly toward people - so perhaps this is just one species of bird that would be a better pet if raised by its parents.

I really don't know anything for sure. I just have been thinking about it since you asked your question, and it is something I would like to learn more about. Perhaps Kate or someone who knows about them could enlighten me.

It would seem logical to me that some species of birds could be prone to becoming too fearless of people if not raised by their own kind. I am just posing the question.
 
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Nanay, I think it makes perfect sense.

Rosellas can be quite aggressive and be prone to biting, and I think if they don't have a fear of people at an early age, they will have no instinctive knowledge not to bite.

It is quite logical that they will see you as another parrot and could see you as possible competition or something.

They can be very nice pets, and I don't think it'd take to long to tame a parent raised baby.

If they are a bit nervous to start with, it shouldn't matter too much in the future.

I'm not too sure either, so don't let me put you off, Jenny.

I would love to know whether this is true, or whether handraised babies are the way to go.
 

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That does make sense, Nanay. Definitely something to think about! Really, I won't be getting another bird until I graduate, which will be around 1-2 years. I have to pay roughly $7-8,000 a year right now on school so... another bird is NOT in the budget!! It might be my graduation present to me though :giggle: Either another bird or a trip to Italy, I can't decide! I might do Italy AND a rosella though... I found a good breeder in CA who has babies for $300 :wink: I'm so bad! :rofl: MBS is hitting hard!
 

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Jenny, I just realized something that may be of interest to you.

I found out that rosellas are very aggressive birds, and do not get on well with other species.

I was wondering how having a rosella would affect your current flock?
 

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Jenny, I just realized something that may be of interest to you.

I found out that rosellas are very aggressive birds, and do not get on well with other species.

I was wondering how having a rosella would affect your current flock?

If they are aggressive birds, then they are a no-go. I won't even risk it or put myself through the hassle. That puts love birds and rosellas on my no-no list now :smash: Darn!!! Thank you so much, Ella. I really know nothing about these little guys! lol
 

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If they are aggressive birds, then they are a no-go. I won't even risk it or put myself through the hassle. That puts love birds and rosellas on my no-no list now :smash: Darn!!! Thank you so much, Ella. I really know nothing about these little guys! lol
It's a shame that you can't get one, but it's not worth upsetting your flock.

Sometimes, if not all the time, personality has to come before looks.

I'm sure a rosella would be great for a 1 bird household, but I don't think rosella's are very suited to other birds.

I'm pretty sure you're making a good choice :hug:

Hang on, your not going to hammer all the rosellas are you?? :lol:
 

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It's a shame that you can't get one, but it's not worth upsetting your flock.

Sometimes, if not all the time, personality has to come before looks.

I'm sure a rosella would be great for a 1 bird household, but I don't think rosella's are very suited to other birds.

I'm pretty sure you're making a good choice :hug:

Hang on, your not going to hammer all the rosellas are you?? :lol:
Oh yeah, my flock comes first, always :thumbsup: I've also gotta keep in mind that I have an African Grey coming to me one day, God only knows when though. The later the better on that one :giggle:

I just like looking into mid sized birds with fairly pleasant and quiet voices, since the boyfriend isn't a bird person. He accepts and understands I'm going to have more in the house and he'll have 4 birds coming with me whenever we move in together, but when I go to plead my case at a later date, any bird whose colors he'd like with a pretty voice has a much better chance of being allowed! :yesnod: So I'm sneaking in the questions now of which species he likes so I can hold it against him later! ;) I'm only allowed big noisy birds if we get good money and I can either sound-proof a room in the house or build an outdoor aviary :doh: :rofl:
 

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Oh yeah, my flock comes first, always :thumbsup: I've also gotta keep in mind that I have an African Grey coming to me one day, God only knows when though. The later the better on that one :giggle:

I just like looking into mid sized birds with fairly pleasant and quiet voices, since the boyfriend isn't a bird person. He accepts and understands I'm going to have more in the house and he'll have 4 birds coming with me whenever we move in together, but when I go to plead my case at a later date, any bird whose colors he'd like with a pretty voice has a much better chance of being allowed! :yesnod: So I'm sneaking in the questions now of which species he likes so I can hold it against him later! ;) I'm only allowed big noisy birds if we get good money and I can either sound-proof a room in the house or build an outdoor aviary :doh: :rofl:
Have you considered conures? :shrug: I know some have earsplitting voices, but some can be quite quiet. My Ziggy is actually less noisy than my budgie!

Maroon Bellies, and Green Cheeks are pretty good, and generally not too noisy.

As for colours, well, their not too bright, but I think they're quite pretty.

If I can think of any other birds I'll tell you!
 

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Oh yes, I almost got a Blue Crown Conure as my first bird, and then found a linnie :giggle: There are lots of birds on my future bird list, Rosellas just happened to really catch my attention both because of their beauty and because I know nearly nothing about them, so I wanted to learn a little more :wink:
 

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Oh yes, I almost got a Blue Crown Conure as my first bird, and then found a linnie :giggle: There are lots of birds on my future bird list, Rosellas just happened to really catch my attention both because of their beauty and because I know nearly nothing about them, so I wanted to learn a little more :wink:
You ought to see my future bird list. If I had the space, time and money, then oh yes, I'd have every parrot there is!
 
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