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Photo © by Oregonian
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Augusta-Margaret River, Western Australia, 31 August 2018
Neophema petrophila


Photo © by Mike Bouette
Bremer Bay, Western Australia, 24 March, 2021

22 cms (8¾ in)

  • Brownish-olive upperparts
  • Yellow underparts
  • Dark blue forehead
  • Blue facial mask (extending slightly past the eye)
  • Blue bend of wing and flight feathers

Female: duller. Immature: duller, less blue; pale wing-stripe in flight.


Some individuals have an orange patch on the belly.


Endemic to Australia. Can be found in coastal South Australia, between Kingston and Ceduna and southern Western Australia from Cape Arid National Park to Geraldton.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Some refer to 2 subspecies; petrophila in Western Australia and zietzi in South Australia. Zietzi has a darker blue frontal band.


They are only found on coastlines and offshore rocky islands. It frequents coastal dunes, mangroves, saline swamps and rocky islets. Rarely seen more than a few hundred metres from the sea.



They nest in crevices in low cliff, rockface or overhang, mostly on small islands. Their clutch contains 3 to 6 eggs, with incubation taking between 18 and 21 days. Only the hen incubates. Young are independent in 4-5 weeks.

They will sometimes double brood, but the second nest often fails due to excess heat.


Their diet consists mainly of seeds and fruits of grasses, shrubs and succulent plants.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Parrot Society.org
  3. Birds in Backyards. http://birdsinbackyards.net/species/Neophema-petrophila
  4. Collar, N. and P. F. D. Boesman (2020). Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rocpar1.01

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