Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)


French: Perruche mélanure German: Bergsittich Spanish: Perico regente

Palæornis anthopeplus


, 1831,

no locality = New South Wales; error, now replaced by Bolgart, c. 40 km north of Toodyay, south-west Australia


Forms a parapatric species-pair with P. swainsonii. E race erroneously listed as nominate in past, with W birds placed in race westralis; with correction of type locality#R, latter becomes a junior synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. anthopeplus (Lear, 1831) – SW Australia.
  • P. a. monarchoides Schodde, 1993 – interior W part of SE Australia (SE South Australia, SW New South Wales and NW Victoria).
  • Descriptive notes

    40 cm; mean 114 g. Bill pinkish red; head pale yellowish olive, shading to dark olive on mantle, back and scapulars; underparts, rump and lesser and median wing-coverts... read more


    Commonest vocalization is a rolling, grating “currack”, typically repeated by all members of a... read more


    In SE Australia, flooded-zone Eucalyptus woodland and adjacent arid mallee scrublands,... read more

    Food and feeding

    In SE of range formerly fed extensively on seeds of native hops Dodonaea attenuata and D. viscosa, now much reduced by... read more


    Aug–Jan, also May. Usually in small loose colonies of up to 67 pairs; of 57 nests in one study, 45 were within 150 m of another nest... read more


    Northward post-breeding dispersal in SE Australia, while in SW there is evidence of seasonal (... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Now very uncommon in SE Australia, retreating before clearance of mallee for agriculture, but abundance in fact initially increased in SW... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus). 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 February 2020).