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Rock Parrot

(Neophema petrophila)
Alternate name(s): "Rock Parakeet", "Rock Elegant"
Size: 21-23 cm
Weight: 44-56 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rock Parrot at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "petrophila"

ADULT

Frontal view of a male Rock Parrot; note the blue face mask (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Near-frontal view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Near-frontal view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Near-lateral view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Lateral view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Close-up lateral view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Lateral/near-dorsal views of two male Rock Parrots (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a male Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Near-dorsal/dorsal views of two male Rock Parrots (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Rock Parrot; note the reduced blue across the forehead and the absence of blue around the lores (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

PAIR

Near-lateral/dorsal view of a pair of Rock Parrots; male in front (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Behaviour

Rock Parrot having a good stretch; the tail can be done while feeding, no sweat (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Rock Parrot wing stretch; that takes a bit more attention to balance (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Rock Parrot wing stretch; ok, fold the wings up again... (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Dorsal view of a preening Rock Parrot (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Rock Parrot wing stretch; display of all the beautiful colours (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Food, Diet

Frontal view of a male Rock Parrot feeding on grass seeds (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Overview of Rock Parrots feeding on grass seeds (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Esperance, WA, October 2018]

Rock Parrots seem to be oddly fond of rank buffalo grass cuttings (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Rock Parrots seem to be oddly fond of rank buffalo grass cuttings (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

Rock Parrots seem to be oddly fond of rank buffalo grass cuttings (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Cheynes Beach, Albany, WA, June 2020]

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