Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila)


French: Perruche des rochers German: Klippensittich Spanish: Periquito roquero

Euphema petrophila


, 1841,

Western Australia


Supposedly darker E population described as race zietzi, but barely distinguishable from W birds. Treated as monotypic.


Coasts and islands of W & SW Western Australia and C & EC South Australia.

Descriptive notes

22 cm; 47–54 g. Frontal band to eye dark blue vaguely edged pale blue including around eye and on lores; rest of head and upperparts brownish olive, washed greyer on... read more


Not very vocal. When flushed a repeated high-pitched “tsit-tset...tsit-tset...”. In flight a... read more


Coastal dunes, mangroves, saltflats, Atriplex shrublands, Casuarina woodland,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and fruits of grasses, shrubs and halophytic plants, notably Carpobrotus aequilaterus and C. crystallinum, also... read more


Aug–Dec, rarely Feb; sometimes double-brooded. Nest in crevice in low cliff, rockface or overhang, recently all from islets, mostly... read more


Resident, but with local post-breeding dispersal to other islands and coastal areas; on Kangaroo I... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common. Apparent gap in range at Great Australian Bight attributed to absence of suitable nesting sites. Moreover, mainland... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Rock Parrot (Neophema petrophila). 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 22 March 2018).