Two subspecies are recognized, one with entirely white cheek patches (P. a. palliceps) and a second with bicolored cheek patches (white close to the eyes changing to blue near the throat (P. a. adscitus). Found all over Australia. They feed on seeds, fruit, berries, blossoms and insects.
Pairs begin nesting in April and are usually done by June. Pairs will sometimes have 2 broods. Juveniles are duller and greener than the adults and usually have red feathers on the head which are later lost. This species can breed in their first year.