From memory, the first time that I saw Western Rosellas was in a bird shop in Adelaide when I was around 8 or 9 years old; their beauty caught my eye. These were most likely wild caught birds, as back then and right up until 2015, these stunning Aussie natives were allowed to be legally trapped in Western Australia, and were subsequently caught in their thousands over multiple decades and traded throughout the Eastern States. Thankfully, due to the hard work and dedicated campaigning led largely by Ben Pearce, this legal trapping was finally brought to a halt in 2015; I commend Ben and the other aviculturists who took the fight to the WA Government and won.
Westerns really are beautiful little parrots. In their natural form they exist in numerous colour variations throughout their native range in WA, including the red-backed and blue-backed forms. Back in the 1990's and early 2000's I remember seeing them frequently in Aussie collections. The wild-type forms were commonly kept and bred and particular attention was given to maintaining the different variants true to type.
So, what is their status in Australian aviaries these days? Do many breeders still keep them and if so, what variants still exist in Aussie collections in their true forms? I'd love to hear from those aviculturists who do still breed these little Aussie beauties.
Western Rosella cock bird
Western Rosella hen