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Rosella Control

Rosella Control

There are 5 main rosella species to control that come in conflict with Australian farmers.

  1. Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) – North Qld, south eastern seaboard from NSW/Qld border through to S.A
  2. Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) – Tasmania
  3. Western Rosella (Platycercus icterotis) – South West W.A
  4. Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) – South East Australia including Tasmania
  5. Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) – Eastern Australia, Sydney to Cape York

All breed in the spring and egg numbers vary from 3 up to 7 or 8.

As we use similar techniques and sounds on all rosella species, for the purpose of this brief report we’ll simply use the term rosella for all of the above species.

Rosellas usually are seen in pairs or small family groups, however flocks of juveniles may number up to 50. Their diet is eucalyptus blossoms, nectar, seeds, insects, grass and weed seeds and cultivated fruits. Most pairs of rosellas seem to be fairly sedentary and by themselves can cause little damage to a crop. It’s generally the larger numbers of young birds that may appear all of a sudden that start to cause noticeable damage. Sometimes it’s not the fruit that they damage but the flowers and buds of vines or orchard trees in the spring.

It is easier to move the non-territorial juveniles than the older resident breeding pairs, which have no wish to leave, having already established their territory and nesting site.

Multi-sound devices like Crop Gard, Bird X-8, Bird X-1 are the preferred sound units for rosellas. The latest version of the ESC is also highly regarded by Birgard field agents. The sheer volume of the Pro-Amp is the most effective of all.
A little use of a falcon call can also be effective. However, the falcon call should be used strictly as a supplementary sound, as birds may come to ignore it if overused. Possibly, the local resident pair or two may never be moved, but they will cause only minor damage. The main objective is to move on the roving flocks of juveniles.

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4 Responses to Rosella Control

  1. Vanni says:

    Hi,

    I was just wondering if you sell the crimson rosella feathers?

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards
    Vanni

    • Bird Gard says:

      Hello Vanni, I’m sorry we can’t help you with your request. We sell devices to deter Rosellas and other pest birds and animals in an animal-safe way, but we don’t stock feathers.

  2. Chantelle says:

    Hi,

    What is the best device to get rid of rosellas? And how does it work? Is it a sound device? How much also?
    Thanks

    • Hi Chantelle

      What’s best to repel Rosellas does depend on what you want to protect, what size area you want to protect, and what you want to stop them from doing.

      Products include electronic devices that emit loud sounds, they range from $370.00 to $7,000.00

      There are silent products like the Holographic tape ($24.95) and the Eagle Kite ($468.00)

      If you like, get back to us with more info about your Rosella problem, so we can give you some specific advice.

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