Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus)


French: Perruche à croupion rouge German: Singsittich Spanish: Perico dorsirrojo

Platycercus hæmatonotus


, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. caeruleus Condon, 1941 – L Eyre region of NE South Australia and adjacent extreme SW Queensland.
  • P. h. haematonotus (Gould, 1838) – S Queensland and SE Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    27 cm; 54–70 g. Head and breast grass green, with blue tinge on forehead and lower cheeks; belly yellow shading to white on undertail-coverts; mantle, back and... read more


    Flight call is a high-pitched tinkling “tlee” or “see-tlee”, repeated in loose series. When perched... read more


    Open woodland, mallee, savanna grassland, riverine growth, notably with Eucalyptus... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and green tissues of grasses and herbaceous plants, e.g. Erodium botrys, Foeniculum, Boerhavia, Kochia... read more


    Aug–Jan, once Apr. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a eucalypt near water, but also stumps, fence posts and in farm and... read more


    Sedentary, except at edges of range, where local movements occur.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant throughout its range. Although at the start of the twentieth century it was reportedly declining owing to overgrazing... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 March 2018).