This common, endemic bird is well-known to many Tasmanians. It occurs throughout a wide range of forest types, from the mountains to the coast. It also occurs on the Bass Strait Islands.
Although its diet consists largely of seeds, it also feeds on fruits and berries. It often comes to the ground to feed. It is usually seen in pairs or small flocks, although larger flocks tend to form in autumn and winter.
Breeding occurs during spring and summer, and 4-8 white eggs are laid. Tree hollows are used as a nest.
The call is a two note, harsh 'cossick - cossick'.